Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24• AWARDS/NEW STAFF • GLIFWC was awarded the 2016 Midwest Region Excellence in Partnership Award by the National Park Service on June 14, 2016. The award recognizes the partnership efforts of GLIFWC’s Conservation Enforcement Division during the 2014 ice cave season. Bob Krumenaker and Chris Smith of the National Park Service presented the award to GLIFWC Chief Warden Fred Maulson and Western District Supervisor Mike Popovich at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. The 2014 ice caves season saw 138,000 visitors, with over 40 organizations partnering to ensure visitor safety. As a comparison, the previous season that the ice caves were open to the public (2009) saw 8,400 visitors. (Paula Maday photo) GLIFWC receives National Park Service award Aaron Shultz, GLIFWC Climate Change Inland Fisheries Biologist After nearly a decade in the balmy climes of Eleuthera Bahamas, fisheries biologist Aaron Shultz joined GLIFWC in June. Shultz is splitting time between GLIFWC’s expanding climate change program and the inland fisheries section, focusing on walleye research as well as investigations into other cool water fish communities. He graduated with a M.S. in Natural Resources in Environmental Sciences in 2007. Shultz then went on to work for the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) as a research associate, and became Director in 2011. He also completed his PhD dissertation while working at CEI, focusing on the response of subtropical near- shore fish to climate change. He graduated with a PhD in Natural Resource and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois in 2015. Shultz and his partner Dr. Jocelyn Curtis-Quick live in Ironwood. They look forward to playing in the snow this winter. —CO Rasmussen Adam Ray, GLIFWC Inland Fisheries Biologist R.Adam Ray joined GLIFWC’s Biological Services Division on June 20.As aninlandfisheriesbiologist,hismainworkisinstatisticalanalysisoffisheriesdata. Ray brings a wide array of knowledge and experience to his position. He completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Ecology and Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and went on to earn a Master’s of Science and PhD in Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. As a post-doctoral research assistant at OSU, Ray served as the lead author on a book chapter modeling the effects of climate change on disease dynamics. He also has over three years of experience working with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as a fisheries technician and fish health specialist. Ray lives in Ashland with his wife Katie, two children—Caleb, five and Sydney, three—and a dog. He enjoys hiking, exploring lakes, and fishing, all of which he will have plenty of opportunity to do with his move from Madison to the Wisconsin northwoods. —Paula Maday National wetlands award to GLIFWC wildlife biologist Veteran Biologist Peter David received the prestigious National Wetland Award for Conservation & Restoration last month at a ceremony in Washington DC. A selection committee comprised of more than a dozen natural resources experts called David “one of the country’s foremost experts in wild rice ecology” who has “for 30 years, fostered partnerships between federal, state, county and tribal agencies, NGOs, and concerned citizens.” David (center frame) accepts the award from John Schmerfeld US Fish & Wildlife Service, Branch of Habitat Chief. (Kathryn Campbell photo) The Back Forty Project requires a land exchange between the company and the state, which both entities are in negotiations at this time. The application that Aquila has submitted is currently not administratively complete, missing crucial pieces such as wetland permits. Once the state has determined the application is complete, the state will schedule a public hearing, which will occur at Stephenson High School in Stephenson, Michigan. The comment period will begin 28 days from the date of the hearing. Please check out these links to read more about the Menominee Indian Tribe ofWisconsin’sperspective(www.menominee-nsn.gov)andAquilaResources(www. aquilaresources.com/projects/back-forty-project) for their project information. Back Forty Project (continued from page 11) New staff: Accomplished PhD biologists focus on inland fisheries Mille Lacs Band said she has been “exceptionally impressed by her crew and the work they are doing.”Additionally, she is happy to have fish that will carry on the genetic line of the walleye in Mille Lacs Lake, should anything devastating happen to that population (walleye eggs came from speared walleye on Mille Lacs Lake). Overall, Klimah called Mille Lacs’pilot hatchery year a “successful learning experience” for which the team had to have humor. “We learned some things about what to do and a lot of things about what not to do,” he chuckled. The learning experience encompassed practical things like equipment use, but also process, procedure and co-management with the state. This year, the Band elected to get a permit and health certificate through the state, but acknowledged that the health certificate may be sought at the federal level next year and that there aresomegreyareas.“We’reworkingtolearnandbalanceoutthatco-management,” Klimah said, “but it was very important for the Band’s tribal sovereignty that we did this ourselves.” (continued from page 13) Fisheries Biologist Aaron Shultz (left) joined GLIFWC in June. Shultz is splitting time between GLIFWC’s climate change program and the inland fisheries section, focusing on walleye research as well as investigations into other cool water fish communities. Adam Ray also joined GLIFWC’s Biological Services Division in June. As an inland fisheries biologist, his main work is in statistical analysis of fisheries data. (Charlie Otto Rasmussen photo) PAGE 19 MAZINA’IGAN FALL 2016 Mille Lacs hatchery