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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-13-2019, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Game commission employee captures conservation award

Wildlife Conservation Education Specialist Lauren Ferreri recognized for conservation achievements.

Lauren Ferreri, of Newmanstown, captured the “Woman of Environmental Education” award sponsored by PennFuture, a Pennsylvania organization that promotes clean air, pure water and a healthy climate in the Commonwealth.

The award honors Ferreri’s dedication to educating her community about sustainability and environmental policy.

Ferreri is the manager of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. Her duties include overseeing the Visitor’s Center and museum. She is also responsible for managing the controlled waterfowl hunts and the collection of biological data at the area.

Ferreri graduated with a degree in Conservation and Wildlife Management from Delaware Valley College in 2010. She started with the Game Commission as a Bio-Aide with the deer research/trapping team. The following year she became the leader of that team, and then became a biologist in the Northcentral Region. In 2016, Lauren accepted her current position at Middle Creek.

Ferreri has had a big impact at Middle Creek in her short tenure, said Bruce Metz, director of the Game Commission’s Southeast Region. One of her early goals was to provide educational signage on the trails and the popular wildlife driving tour. She designed signs focused on wildlife and the habitat they need, then helped develop audio for the wildlife driving tour visitors can access by radio.

Ferreri also was instrumental in re-energizing the National Hunting and Fishing Day event at Middle Creek, which now includes more than 30 conservation agencies or outdoor-related groups. More than 2,000 people attended the events in 2017 and 2018.

And she recently oversaw the installation of a camera to livestream the snow goose and tundra swan migration that makes Middle Creek a popular tourist destination.

“Lauren is always taking advantage of training opportunities and recently graduated from the year-long Governor’s Emerging Leaders Program. She is well respected in the agency and deserving of this award,” Metz said.

Ferreri said she is honored to receive the award.

“I am extremely humbled and grateful to win this award. Not only does the award recognize women in conservation, but hopefully sheds light on the importance of the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area to the public,” she said. “Women in the conservation field are reaching positions where they have an ability to impact many people, not just in the state of Pennsylvania, but nationwide and worldwide. I am honored to be part of that movement.”

Lauren will accept her award at the PennFuture’s 5th Annual Celebrating Women in Conservation Awards program in late April in New Cumberland. The 2019 Awards are designed to encourage continuing excellence in conservation and to forge a stronger network of exceptional women working to protect the Commonwealth’s environment.
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Congrats to Lauren. She certainly earned this award and I'm glad she was recognized.

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I have been around the PGC for a long time, and I am very impressed with Lauren. The day I met her she was out on the area checking duck traps and banding ducks which is a dirty and hard job, I know I used to do it. She is a biologist, that was her job before Middle creek and she continues to do that job. During deer season she is on a deer aging team that checks several butcher shops and ages jaw bones in addition to her duties at Middle creek. She has made some great changes to the way the place is run that will pay dividends in the long run and has already done so. I work with her on the committee that is involved in raising funds to build the PA Conservation History Museum which will be part of the Visitors center at Middle creek and I have watched her run around the area during the National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration at Middle creek because I am there with My Sportsman's club roasting deer on a spit for the public and have seen her take on a lot responsibility for the fund raising races the committee has taken on which is completely voluntary, and she is one of the hardest working people I have ever met. She is like the Energizer Bunny, she just keeps going all day long with a smile on her face. She is most certainly deserving of the award.
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Congrats to Lauren!
This is a well earned and deserved award, she has worked hard wearing several different hats and always getting the job done with excellence. First time I met her i came away with this feeling of "she treated me like Royalty."
Middle Creek is in good Hands with Lauren at the helm.
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She so deserves the award. As WW says she is like the energizer bunny.
She has made many improvements to Middle Creek.
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I've heard lots of great things about her. It's good to see someone recognized for what they have done. Congrats to her!
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Congratulations to her for a well deserved award.
See, ..... there’s a lot of good people , doing a lot of great things for the PGC
They could use our support, however it comes.

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