DNR Conservation Officer Shane Vernier, who patrols the Willmar area, is the recipient of this year’s Willard Munger Wetlands Achievement Award. The award, which recognizes an officer who’s particularly devoted to water resource protection, is named after the longtime state House of Representatives member who was focused on conservation and the environment. DNR officials noted that Vernier patrols an area of heavy use from both agricultural and recreational participants, and still does an “outstanding job” of ensuring the water resources are preserved and protected.

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