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Brown County Conservation Officer Receives Game, Fish and Parks Distinguished Achievement Award

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Brown County conservation officer Nick Cochran was awarded the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Distinguished Achievement Award at the GFP Commission’s November meeting.

Cochran, who is a 15 year veteran with GFP was awarded the Department’s highest honor in part for his excellent service to hunters, anglers, GFP and his community.

“Nick has been the face and voice of the Department in the Aberdeen area for 12 years,” said GFP wildlife director, Tony Leif. “He has gained the public’s trust and respect with accountability and his willingness to be available at any time.”

Cochran also serves on the local Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation board, recruits mentors for youth looking to become active in the outdoors and is instrumental in Aberdeen’s successful Youth Sportfest.

“Nick is an excellent communicator with the public and takes the time to explain a law, management technique or procedure until an individual has a full understanding,” said Leif. “He is a prime example of our Department’s expectation of serving the public by inspiring confidence through compassion.”


GFP Mission: The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks provides sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities through responsible management of our state’s parks, fisheries and wildlife by fostering partnerships, cultivating stewardship and safely connecting people with the outdoors.