Local couple honored by IDNR

VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR–The Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently named Joann and Mike Fricke of Waterloo as 2018 Outstanding Volunteers of the Year. Pictured at the award presentation last Saturday are: IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal, Joann and Mike Fricke, Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Samantha Hasselbring and Illinois Nature Preserves Commission Natural Areas Preservation Specialist Debbie Scott Newman. Newman nominated the Frickes for the award.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) recently announced recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Volunteers of the Year awards, recognizing 11 individuals and members of four groups for their volunteer service to the IDNR.

Throughout the state, our Illinois DNR sites and programs benefit each year from the dedication and commitment of thousands of hours of volunteer service from hundreds of individuals with a passion for public and community service,” said IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal. “We are grateful for their service and pleased to recognize this year’s award winners for promoting outdoor recreation opportunities, and protecting our natural and cultural resources.”

The IDNR Outstanding Volunteers of the Year awards ceremony, honoring this year’s award winners, was held on Saturday, Aug. 18 in Conservation World at the Illinois Green Industry Association Outdoor Amphitheater on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

Locally honored as 2018 IDNR Outstanding Volunteers of the Year were:

Joann and Mike Fricke, Waterloo: Joann and Mike Fricke have been volunteering with the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission and IDNR for 10 years, contributing more than 3,000 hours on natural resources stewardship, monitoring, and protection efforts at Illinois Nature Preserves, Land and Water Reserves, and Natural Heritage Landmarks. Joann is also a board member with CLIFFTOP, an important IDNR/INPC partner in southwest Illinois, and serves on the Salt Lick Point Land and Water Reserve Committee.

For more on the Frickes, please see this week’s print edition.