Department of Fish and Game
September 3, 2003
Stan Stephens, DFG Senior Biologist, (559) 243-4017, ext 235
Troy Swauger, DFG Public Affairs, (916) 654-2096
DFG Presents CalTrout Executive with Director's
SANTA ROSA - The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) presented
California Trout Inc.'s Brett Matzke with a Director's Achievement Award
Thursday for his dedication to the preservation of native trout and their
habitats, including the state's official fish, the Golden Trout.
DFG Regional Manager Bill Loudermilk gave the Department's highest
recognition to Matzke, the Southern Sierra Nevada Manager for the statewide
conservation organization, during the Fish and Game Commission's Aug. 28
meeting. In addition to the award, on behalf of the Department, Loudermilk
presented Matzke a donated wood carved desk mount of a beautiful California
Loudermilk, manager of DFG's San Joaquin Valley - Southern Sierra Region,
praised the long working history between DFG and CalTrout on numerous fish
and wildlife conservation issues. He lauded Matzke on his efforts to protect
the fish and wildlife resources of the southern Sierra Nevada on behalf of
CalTrout and California's stream resources.
"Mr. Matzke has focused an unwavering commitment to California anglers, the
trout and their habitats through his efforts with the California Trout
Inc.," Loudermilk said. "The work has served an incredible benefit to those
who enjoy the natural environment, a benefit that Fish and Game recognizes
and appreciates wholeheartedly."
Some highlights of Matzke's efforts included:
* Effective work with DFG and the U.S. Forest Service over 10 years to
improve grazing practices in the Sierra, Sequoia, and Inyo national forests.
* Ongoing assistance to DFG and others to develop the draft Strategic Trout
Plan, providing an ecosystem management focus for DFG's trout management
* Assisted DFG, the Fish and Game Commission, and the Legislature to pass
the Heritage Trout Policy of 1999, and the Heritage Trout Bill of 2000.
* Assisted DFG and the Fish and Game Commission to include the populations
of the California Golden Trout, under Wild Trout or Heritage Trout water
* Worked statewide to secure improved riparian and aquatic habitat
protection through active participation on all forest service lands and
resource management plans and "Rangeland 2000."
California Trout Inc., with its estimated 5,300 membership, dedicates its
resources to the protection and restoration of wild trout and native
steelhead, and to the California waters these species inhabit. Matzke has
been the Southern Sierra Nevada Manager since 1987.
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