Koetje was honored for leading an effort to improve management of the Farmed Island Unit of the Skagit Wildlife Area.
After the only available access to the island -- a WDFW-owned barge -- was condemned for safety reasons in 2012, Koetje stepped in with both financial and volunteer assistance. He purchased a barge and made it available for use in maintaining the island unit for waterfowl. Additionally, he provided use of a boat to push the barge, seed for planting barley and corn for waterfowl, all-terrain vehicles, tractors and fuel to maintain farming and dikes.
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