BLM-CO Biologist Recognized for Effort to Benefit Native Fish Restoration
BLM Colorado Northwest District Fisheries Biologist Tom Fresques was recently recognized by his professional peers across the region for his work to streamline the approvals of native fish restoration projects on streams passing through BLM-administered lands.
The Colorado/Wyoming Chapter of the American Fisheries Society awarded Tom the "Max Rollefson Award of Merit" at their annual meeting in Grand Junction on February 23, 2017. He was recognized for his lead effort in completing a programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) addressing fish reclamation projects statewide.
"It was humbling to be recognized by such a great group of biologists," Tom said. "This was a very cooperative team effort that involved my peers in the other districts, the NEPA coordinators from each district, and the district managers. This effort should help ensure more native fish populations can be restored."
"Tom's efforts have resulted in a streamlined protocol that is being implemented in the fisheries program across the Bureau," said Jay Thompson, BLM Colorado Fisheries and Riparian Program Lead.
The PEA is available on e-planning at https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodName=renderDefaultPlanOrProjectSite&projectId=46450&dctmId=0b0003e880837e42