April 12, 2011
RICE LAKE, Wis. - Conservation Warden Russ Fell has been selected to receive the 2011 Conservation Congress Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in recognition of his collaborative conservation efforts in the communities he serves in Barron County.
"Russ has exhibited great initiative in developing a well-rounded program within his administrative area - including a tremendous public relations program," DNR Chief Conservation Warden Randy Stark said. "Russ also is very involved with his local law enforcement agencies and has become a household name in his administrative area."
Warden Russ Fell (middle) with a novice hunter, her mentor and the bear they harvested in Barron County in 2010.
The honor comes from the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, the state's citizen advisory group that acts as the liaison between the public and the Department of Natural Resources.
Fell is a regular on the local speaker network, appearing at civic group meetings, the Barron County Fair and local radio shows discussing safety and other natural resources issues. Fell also was featured prominently in American Hunter, a nationally distributed magazine's story about deer hunting called, "Opening Day with a Warden."
His work with youth also is impressive, serving as a youth mentor in learn to hunt events in Barron and other nearby counties. He also collaborates with people in the community to hold the annual shooting sports youth day at the Rice Lake Rod and Gun Club.
The local Walleyes for Tomorrow Program recently benefitted from Fell's work in raising and stocking extended growth walleyes as well as fish habitat projects on local waters.
"Russ also is held in high regard by his fellow wardens and contributes to maintaining the progressive reputation of the warden service," Stark said. "He regularly helps his colleagues outside of his Barron County area, is a field training officer, firearms instructor, and spends a lot of time instructing at the DNR recruit academy in Tomah."
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dave Zebro, Regional Warden - 715-635-4093 or Joanne Haas, Office of Communications - 608-267-0798