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GFP Conservation Officer Honored

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 CONTACT: Emily Kiel at Emily.Kiel@state.sd.us GFP Conservation Officer Honored PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) conservation officer Joe Galbraith has been honored by Shikar-Safari Club International as the South Dakota Wildlife Officer of the Year. Galbraith, the conservation officer for Edmunds County, has been with GFP since 2002. “Joe is very deserving of this award,” said Tim McCurdy, who is Galbraith’s supervisor. “He has engrained himself as a leader and role model throughout the communities within his district, and serves as a mentor to fellow conservation officers.” Over the past three years, Galbraith has been a Wildlife Training Officer, which requires additional training and time away from his family. “Joe is very passionate about mentoring new conservation officers and grooming them into highly efficient and proficient officers,” McCurdy said. In receiving the award, Galbraith was praised for the strong working relationships he has built with area landowners, and the respect he’s earned from local media, sportsmen’s clubs, civic organizations, and his law enforcement peers. “It truly is a pleasure to observe CO Joe Galbraith operate in the wildlife law enforcement profession. He is undoubtedly an exemplary asset to the agency,” added McCurdy. The Shikar-Safari Award is awarded annually in all 50 states and in 10 Canadian provinces by the worldwide conservation organization. It has been presented to a South Dakota officer each year since 1968. The award honors wildlife officers for their performances in wildlife protection, wildlife law enforcement and the implementation of wildlife conservation programs. The award was presented to Galbraith at the December GFP Commission meeting in Pierre. -GFP-