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Journal photo by Dave Pierik A paint-striper truck and its operators drive down Pioneer Avenue on Thursday. |0 STAFF REPORT news@masoncoun com Wildland firefighters from Central Mason Fire & EMS, North Mason Fire Authority, Key Peninsula Fire, Grif- fin Fire, Central Kitsap Fire and Ma- son County Fire Districts 11, 4, 9 and 3 gathered May 23 on the top of a hill owned by Green Diamond Resource Co., off Hatchery Road in Matlock, to train in preparation for the upcoming wildfire season. The group was completing its 32- hour training to earn a red card -- a certification required by U.S. Depart- ment of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service to fight wildfires. A statewide drought emergency was issued by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 15. The training .led by Incident Com- mander K.C. Whitehouse (CMFE), Division Supervisor Eric Biehl (Ma- son Fire 4), Division Supervisor Ja- son Livdahl (Bainbridge Fire) and Safety Officer Garnett Curtis (CMFE) had participants complete a serious of live events including fire shelters, laying hose lines, building a fire line and also a live fire to practice these skills. The field day followed classroom in- struction that had taken place prior to Saturday's field exercise. For more information, contact Cen- tral Mason Fire & EMS Chief Tim McKern at 426-5533, ext. 500, or by email at Thursday, May 28, 2015 - Mason County Journal - Page A-11 Los Schwabe has been providing b~'ake service to our customers for over 30 years. We are one of the ; West!s largest brake providers and 2505 Olympic Hwy N #300, Shelton, WA 98584, (360) 426-3333 receives STAFF REPORT news@masoncoun com Dedicated volunteers carried 35-pound backpacks with gallons of wa- ter and thousands of delicate trout fry miles up steep trails to stock mountain lakes year after year. Another group traversed Washington's marine areas and coastlines to provide scientific data and analysis on species ranging from porpoises to puffins. The Washington Department ofFish and Wildlife (WDFW) recognized the contributions of these organizations and other top volunteers and landown- ers during its 2015 citizen awards cer- emony earlier this month in Olympia. Bill Young of Shelton was recognized as a volunteer of the year. A retired fish biologist and ecologist now in his 70s, Young has conducted a census of wild sea run cutthroat spawning in Skoo- kum Creek and other Mason County streams formore than 10 years. 'qfoung's collaboration with the de- partment on the study of in-stream water flow needs of sea run cutthroat provides a clearer picture of the habi- tat requirements of this species," said Steve Boessow, a natural resource sci- entist with the department. The Washington Trail Blazers, a club devoted to alpine fishing for public enjoyment, earned an organization of the year award at the ceremony. With about 50 volunteers, the Trail Blazers stock fish in about 120 lakes per year. Another organization honored dur- ing this year's ceremony was the SeaDoc Society, a program of the Kar- en C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Headquartered on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands, SeaDoc was recognized for efforts to protect Wash- ington's salt-water habitats and wild- life. Its work in Washington includes data gathering, mapping and analysis on issues such as derelict fishing gear, marine bird population declines, orca whale disease, forage fish spawning ar- eas and the status of tufted puffins. Dr. Eric Johnson, an anesthesiolo- gist from Spokane, was recognized as a volunteer of the year for work to es- tablish emergency response protocols for accidental human exposure to vet- erinary drugs department staff use to "capture wildlife. Other citizen awards announced by WDFW for 2015 include: Landowner of the year: Mark Schmid of Trout Lake was recognized for building relationships between hunt- ers and private landowners, facilitating access to hunting on his land and other properties, and for his work with the de- partment on new elk damage mitigation techniques to protect crops. Terry Hoffer Memorial Firearm Safety Award: This award honors state Fish and Wildlife Officer Terry Hof- fer, who was fatally wounded in 1984 by a hunter accidentally discharging his firearm. Nominated by peers in the hunter education community, Rick Webber of Snohomish was recognized for his commitment and teaching skills as a chief hunter education instructor. In addition to his leadership in certify- ing more than 400 students in hunter education, Webber "trained the train- ers," certifying an additional 32 new hunter educatiori instructors in 2014. Serving Western.: Washington far over 40 years. $599 oR 10% OFF BI NIY IEW lU]I Oil IE4U Call us now for a free estimate (36o)4 3D inc. ii i ill