Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Kramer is named 2014 Professional Conservation Champion by Playa Lakes Joint Venture
PRATT ­– The Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) recognized Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s Joe Kramer, Director of Fisheries and Wildlife Division, as one of two recipients of the 2014 North American Migratory Bird Joint Venture Conservation Champion Award. Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory was the other 2014 recipient.
Each year, this award is given to partners and partnerships that have demonstrated a long-term commitment and dedication to the important work of the Joint Ventures and Kramer is no exception.
"For his 34 years of contributions to the people and places so vital to the wildlife and wetlands we want to sustain, we are honored to present the Conservation Champion Award for an Individual to Joe Kramer," said PLJV Coordinator Mike Carter. "Joe has been with us from the beginning, as a founding member of the management board, and is still just as involved today."
Raised in Great Bend, Kramer developed a passion for waterfowl at Cheyenne Bottoms. After completing his degree in wildlife biologiy at Kansas State Univeristy, hee began his professional career as a wildlife area technician with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. In just 11 years, Joe rose to Chief of Wildlife and Fisheries Division, where he remains an important leader 27 years later.
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