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Wildlife Society honors local conservation officer

Ed Picht

MONTEVIDEO -- The Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society, comprising wildlife professionals from agencies, universities, and the private sector statewide, presented its law enforcement award to Conservation Officer Ed Picht of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Picht, of Montevideo, received the society's award at its annual meeting on March 2. The law enforcement award has been presented since 1992 to an individual who has demonstrated dedication and service to the protection of Minnesota's resources.

DNR conservation officers have won the award 14 times since its inception.

Picht, a conservation officer since 2007, was recognized for his tireless efforts to eliminate illegal hunting activities, flood relief efforts in Fargo-Moorhead, work with news media, waterfowl disease monitoring efforts and team work with local wildlife management and conservation initiatives and officials.

"Conservation Officer Picht's recognition is well deserved and representative of the good work he has done in his station area," said Col. Jim Konrad, DNR Enforcement director. " He's a quality officer and a quality person."