Two Calloway County employees of Kentucky Fish & Wildlife received awards recently.
Joshua Tompkins, fisheries program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, was presented the department's Director's Award. DJ Garland, conservation educator in Calloway County for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, was presented the department's Initiative Award.
Tompkins has worked for the department for nearly six years and helps combat aquatic nuisance species as a program coordinator in the Critical Species Investigations Branch in Murray.
The position requires high-profile work in the field, including efforts to research the effectiveness of the bio-acoustic fish fence at Lake Barkley lock and dam, and coordination with local, state, and federal partners.
Garland, conservation educator in Calloway County, was lauded for his initiative to receive additional training and certifications to help the agency best meet the operational needs at Camp Currie. His efforts provide the camp with a higher level of medical knowledge and experience among staff to be able to handle medical situations and emergencies.
Photo 1: Pictured ( from left) are Deputy Commissioners Brian Clark and Gabe Jenkins, Commissioner Rich Storm, Joshua Tompkins, Fisheries Division Assistant Director Joseph Zimmerman, Fisheries Division Director Dave Dreeves.
Photo 2: Pictured (from left) Deputy Commissioner Brian Clark, Commissioner Rich Storm, DJ Garland, Information and Education Division Assistant Director Emily Hogue, and Deputy Commissioner Gabe Jenkins.