LOUISVILLE, KY – Park Ranger Dewayne Shouse of Buckhorn Lake is a recipient of the 2006 Take Pride in America National Award for Federal Land Managers and the first U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ employee to receive the award.
Take Pride in America is a presidential program administered by the Department of the Interior for recognition of outstanding volunteer projects and efforts in a variety of categories.
The federal land managers are honored for their innovative and creative approaches to using volunteers and growing their volunteer programs.
Shouse wears many different hats at Buckhorn Lake. He works as a volunteer coordinator and recruits for the Student Conservation Association. He coordinated a National Public Lands Day project to build a three-mile loop trail within the park. Various community and civic groups continue to volunteer their time and efforts to build the trail one yard at a time. He coordinated the 2005 Buckhorn Lake Environmental Fair to provide educational outreach to the region.
Shouse is one of six federal employees to receive this prestigious award.
The award will be presented to Shouse at the National Recognition Ceremony Sept.14, 2006, in Washington, DC.