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NRD all-staff meeting acknowledges employees

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Jim Westerman was presented with a Pendleton blanket by Willie Keenan and Rich Janssen in recognition of 35 years with the CSKT Shoreline Protection. (B.L. Azure photo) Jim Westerman was presented with a Pendleton blanket by Willie Keenan and Rich Janssen in recognition of 35 years with the CSKT Shoreline Protection. (B.L. Azure photo)

POLSON — Three NRD employees were recognized, two — Paula Webster and Georgia Smies — for their efforts combatting the potential spread of aquatic invasive species — zebra and quagga mussels — in the Flathead Basin; and one — Jim Westerman — for 35 years of employment with Shoreline Protection.

“These employees are to be commended for the work they have done that has been over and above the call of duty,” said Willie Keenan, head of the NRD Environmental Protection Division.

Paula Webster and Georgia Smies were recognized for their aquatic invasive species work. (B.L. Azure photo) Paula Webster and Georgia Smies were recognized for their aquatic invasive species work. (B.L. Azure photo)

Natural Resources Department Director Rich Janssen said the annual NRD employee get together brings the spread-out NRD staff together to recognize and thank them in a social gathering. This time at KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino

“They are all a part of our mission to protect the environment, the natural resources of the reservation,” Janssen said. “Throughout the year we interact with each other but we do not see each other on a daily basis, this gathering under one roof in a social setting further fosters the camaraderie endemic in our mission.”

NRD has 85 fulltime employees and a total of 143 when the seasonal employees come aboard in the spring and summer.
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