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Ennis park ranger wins national award for conservation
An Ennis native was recently awarded top honors by the Take Pride in America National Award campaign in the Federal Land Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers category.
Park Ranger Dorie Murphy of Ennis won the prestigious recognition last Friday for her work in coordinating volunteer efforts in the conservation and maintenance program at Lake Bardwell.
Murphy helps her division with providing flood risk management, recreation, wildlife and natural resource management and water supply for the region. Murphy actively encourages community involvement in her natural resource mission and has streamlined management to better fit the needs of volunteers and the project’s staff. By using volunteers in promotion of public lands awareness Murphy has improved public lands and fostered attitudes of stewardship.
For Murphy, the award was a huge honor for something she loves to do.
“I was so excited when I heard I was even nominated for the award but when I found out I had one it, I was overwhelmed,” she said. “I couldn’t have done it without the staff and volunteers who helped me with the various projects and they worked as hard as I did to see improvements in the lake area.”
With her coordination in arranging volunteers to help with various projects, ranging from painting park facilities to helping maintain the park and lake area, Murphy’s efforts in six months saved more than $300,000 that would have otherwise been spent on manpower to complete the projects.
For Murphy, one of only 15 land managers in 12 states to receive the 2008 Take Pride in America award, her coordinating efforts have a “driven purpose,” one she explained as the reason behind her devotion to the volunteer program.
“I look at it as a situation that I can make better,” she said. “I can either work eight hours a day myself or I can work those same eight hours and coordinate others to pitch in another 48-120 hours. It makes sense to me to get as much done as we can in a short period of time.“
“This is a remarkable group of volunteers,” Secretary of the Interior Dick Kempthorne said. “These men and women have left lasting legacies of service on our public lands, and truly show the impact that a committed group of volunteers can make on the environment and lands around them.”
The annual Take Pride in America national awards recognize specific volunteer projects and efforts in a variety of categories, including: youth organization, corporation, public/private partnership, individual, and several others. These awards recognize efforts targeted at maintaining or enhancing public lands such as parks, rivers, wildlife refuges, cultural and historic sites, local playgrounds and other recreation areas.
Federal land managers were also honored for their innovative approaches to recruiting volunteers and cultivating their volunteer programs. This year’s awardees represent the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management.
In addition, First Lady Laura Bush was granted the Spirit of Take Pride award. This award recognizes Mrs. Bush’s sustained commitment to promoting the appreciation and stewardship of America’s public lands. Through her dedication to the Junior Ranger program, First Bloom, and Preserve America, she has fostered a greater ethic of stewardship throughout our country, and for that, Take Pride is proud to recognize her contributions and service.
Take Pride in America is a national service initiative authorized by Congress to promote the appreciation and stewardship of public lands.
Take Pride in America is active in all 50 states, has partnerships with public, private, and nonprofit organizations, and features Clint Eastwood as its national spokesman.
For more information visit www.TakePride.gov.

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