State, Tribal, and Local Program Development

Tom Bernthal

Madison, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

David L. Davis

Richmond, Virginia
David L. Davis is the director of the Office of Wetlands and Stream protection at Virgina’s Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ).

Ray Norrgard

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Fergus Falls, Minnesota
Working in the public and non-profit sectors for the past 37 years, Ray Norrgard has been committed to wetlands and waterfowl.

Doug Norris

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Doug Norris has been at the forefront of wetlands protection and conservation in Minnesota for over 20 years.

Janet Morlan

Oregon Department of State Lands
Salem, Oregon
Ms. Janet Morlan, state wetlands program manager for the Oregon Department of State Lands, is a driving force behind many policy improvements and advances that make Oregon’s wetland program a national model.

Michael Cain

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Madison, Wisconsin
Mr. Michael Cain served as an attorney with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) for over 30 years.

Richard "Rick" Gitar

Fond du Lac Reservation
Cloquet, MN
Richard "Rick" Gitar is a Water Regulatory Specialist for the Fond du Lac Reservation’s Office of Water Protection in Northeastern Minnesota.

John Dorney

North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources
Raleigh, North Carolina
Mr. Dorney, an employee of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, has been the visionary and driving force behind the development of North Carolina’s wetland and stream protection programs since 1990.

Lynda Saul

Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Helena, Montana
Lynda A. Saul’s passion for wetlands and wild places began as a child exploring ponds and local creeks in southern Ohio.

Francisco J. Abarca

Arizona Game and Fish Department
Phoenix, Arizona
Mr. Francisco J. Abarca received a BS in aquatic ecology and zoology from the National University of Mexico in Mexico City.

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