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The Partnership for the 21CSC Announces 2020 winners of 21CSC Champion of the Year Award

Annual award recognizes resource management professionals for their efforts to work with Corps to help develop the next generation of resource professionals, outdoor enthusiasts, and community leaders. Awardees to be recognized at The Corps Network 2020 National Conference

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Today, December 19, the Partnership for the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) today announced the 2020 recipients of the 21CSC National Distinction Award and Champion of the Year Award. Honorees will be recognized during the annual Partnership for the 21CSC meeting, taking place February 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. This meeting is part of The Corps Network’s 35th annual National Conference. The Corps Network is a co-chair of the Partnership for the 21CSC.

The 2020 National Distinction Awardee is Patrick Schulze, Grants Management Specialist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The 2020 Champions of the Year are Garry Cantley, Archaeologist, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Western Region; Kathy Mick, Regional Program Manager for Volunteers, Service, Conservation Education and Interpretative Services, U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region; Kim Wren, Assistant Manager/Environmental Manager, Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, Florida Department of Environmental Protection; and Jim Ziolkowski, Roads and Trails Foreman, Mount Rainier National Park, National Park Service.

“Our country is fortunate to have a diverse array of lands and waters where we can recreate, learn, and connect with nature. We are also fortunate to have outstanding stewards of these resources,” said Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President and CEO of The Corps Network and Co-Chair of the Partnership for the 21CSC. “On behalf of the Corps community, I extend gratitude to Patrick, Garry, Kathy, Kim and Jim for not only helping maintain our natural and cultural resources, but for inspiring our young people and veterans to one day be caretakers of these assets. Your support of today’s Service and Conservation Corps is an investment in the future of America’s parks, forests, waters, and tribal lands.”

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Congratulations and thank you to the 2020 Champions!

Patrick Schulze
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Click here to read a Q&A with Patrick
Garry Cantley
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Click here to read a Q&A with Garry
Kathy Mick
U.S. Forest Service 
Click here to read a Q&A with Kathy
Kim Wren
Florida Department of Environmental Protection 
Click here to read a Q&A with Kim
Jim Ziolkowski
National Park Service
Click here to read a Q&A with Jim


About the Annual Partnership for the 21CSC Meeting

The 21CSC Champions of the Year will be recognized during the annual Partnership for the 21CSC Meeting. This event is part of The Corps Network National Conference. Those who are registered to attend The Corps Network National Conference do not need to RSVP to also attend the Partnership for the 21CSC Meeting. For those who wish to only attend the Meeting, not the full conference, please RSVP here. The Meeting is free and open to the public.