Preservation group honors local members

December 22, 2008

By Staff

Several local people were given awards at the Dec. 10 Bellevue-Issaquah Chapter of Trout Unlimited annual awards banquet at the Issaquah Brew House.

The local chapter is dedicated to the preservation of native fish in Northwest Washington through conservation efforts, and to promotion of the enjoyment of fishing as a character building sport.

Conservation awards were presented to member Dave Probart, of Bellevue, for his leadership in initiating the construction of a kokanee fry counting trap and participation in the census effort to inventory the return of fry in Lewis Creek at the south end of Lake Sammamish; in the nonmember category to city of Issaquah Wetland Biologist Kirk Prindle for his diligent leadership of the city’s effort to restore the fish habitat of Lewis Creek; and in the youth category to Christian Osgood, of Bellevue, who planned and executed invasive plant removal and replanting of native plants in riparian areas of Lewis Creek as part of his successful Eagle Scout project.

A special conservation award for community support honored Chad Simpson, industrial arts teacher at Woodinville High School, for motivating his students in environmental concerns and directing them to construct the Lewis Creek fry counting trap.

The President’s Award for promoting the goals of the chapter was jointly awarded to Joanne Griffin and Charlie Mallory, of Sammamish, for facilitating Boy Scout projects with the chapter, and service to the organization above and beyond their duties as co-secretaries of the chapter.

The annual Achievement Award and Outstanding Angler of the Year trophy was given to Dallas Cross, of Issaquah, for promoting throughout the year, in person and in print in The Issaquah Press, good sportsmanship and outdoor ethics, willingness to state his beliefs about conservation, sharing knowledge of fishing and conservation, and for providing opportunity for others to experience fishing.

Also, the Save Lake Sammamish Association, represented by Joanna Buehler, of Issaquah, awarded the chapter a $2,500 gift for continued support of the conservation of Lake Sammamish.

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