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Woman named Manager of the Year by National Wildlife Refuge Association for the first time


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A woman has been named Refuge Manager of the Year by the National Wildlife Refuge Association for the first time.


Jackie Ferrier is project leader of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Washington.


It marks the first time in the award’s 25-year history that a woman has received the honor.


Ferrier has overseen the restoration of 700 acres of tidal estuary in Willapa Bay, which provides important habitat for chum salmon and migratory waterbirds.


She also spearheaded sand dune restoration to protect native animals including plovers, larks and endangered Columbian white-tailed deer.


On receiving the award Ferrier said:

"It means so much that the large-scale habitat restoration projects, wildlife conservation efforts and incredible partnerships that I am so passionate about be recognized in this way by the National Wildlife Refuge Association. 
"It's a refuge manager's dream come true."

The awards will be presented in late February .

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