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Minnesota's Doug Jensen Honored by National Invasive Species Council

Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator at the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program in Duluth, Minnesota, accepted the first-ever Outstanding Invasive Species Outreach and Education Award at a National Invasive Species Awareness Week ceremony on March 1 in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes his significant achievements to advance awareness and understanding of aquatic invasive species through outreach and education nationally, regionally and statewide.

"I'm truly honored," said Jensen. "But Sea Grant isn't alone in educating people about preventing the spread of aquatic invaders. The successes we've documented reflect the dedication of people in federal, state, and tribal agencies, businesses, and communities working to protect lakes and rivers."

Jensen is regarded for championing two national campaigns: Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!TM and HabitattitudeTM. Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! helps recreational boaters and anglers become part of the solution in curbing the spread of invasive species like zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil. Habitattitude encourages aquarium hobbyists and water gardeners to prevent the release or escape of non-native pets and plants into the environment. These campaigns are currently being sustained by grants awarded to the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, led by Minnesota, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Margaret Brady, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's co-chair of the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, presented the award to Jensen on behalf of the National Invasive Species Council.

The National Invasive Species Council was established in 1999 to ensure that federal programs and activities to prevent and control invasive species are coordinated, effective and efficient. For more information about the National Invasive Species Council, see www.invasivespecies.gov/index.html. For more information about Jensen and Minnesota Sea Grant's aquatic invasive species work, see: www.seagrant.umn.edu/ais.

Posted on March 3, 2012


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