Two University of Wisconsin employees were honored by the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve recently for their leadership, efforts in founding the reserve and years of dedicated service.

Faith Hensrud, provost of the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and Robin Shepard, executive director of the North Central Cooperative Extension Association, were honored with the reserve's Outstanding Achievement Award and received carved plaques in the shape of Lake Superior during a reception at UWS in December.

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Shepard said he is proud to see the program grow.

"What made it special for me is seeing that this has really been a magnet for many great things. The people here in your region understand the importance of what a national estuarine research reserve means to the world's largest freshwater system, and that is really what this is all about. You are like no others in that respect; you lead in that. ... Thank you for this honor and allowing me to be part of it."

Hensrud also offered thanks for the award and said she appreciated the honor. Remarks were also shared by Patrick Robinson, co-director of the extension's Environmental Resources Center, and Erika Washburn, manager of the reserve. In attendance at the award ceremony and program were all reserve staff, members of the advisory board, and campus staff and faculty.

Submitted by Daniel Fanning, director of communications and government relations, University of Wisconsin-Superior.