Wildlife Forever recently presented their top conservation award to Doug Jensen of Minnesota Sea Grant for his work on invasive species prevention. During the award luncheon of the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference held in Duluth, MN., Jensen accepted the recognition and applause from nearly 700 attendees.  Jensen is the first-ever recipient of the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Achievement Award from Wildlife Forever.

Pat Conzemius, Conservation Director for Wildlife Forever, presented the award saying, “This person has left a lasting mark on invasive species prevention here in Minnesota and far beyond. His passion for outreach and education has been instrumental in creating policy, programs and partnerships throughout the country.”

Jensen has been with the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program for over 21 years. He is a native of Askov, Minn., and earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Jensen is regarded for championing two national campaigns: Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!TM and HabitattitudeTMStop Aquatic Hitchhikers! helps recreational boaters and anglers become part of the solution in curbing the spread of invasive species like zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil. Habitattitude encourages aquarium hobbyists and water gardeners to prevent the release or escape of non-native pets and plants into the environment.

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! is the internationally recognized public service campaign for the prevention of invasive species. Thousands of agencies, organizations, and groups have signed on to support a coordinated partnership effort in raising awareness through consistent Clean, Drain and Dry marketing, messaging and outreach.

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Pat Conzemius

Image courtesy Wildlife Forever

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