About our Chairman Joe Robison

Joe Robison, chairman of the Southwest Lake Erie Chapter of Waterfowl U.S.A.,  received the 2009 Outstanding Conservationist of the Year Award from Michigan State Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).


Robison, a wildlife biologist and 14-year employee with the Department of Natural Resources, works at the Pointe Mouillee State Game Area DNR Field Office in southeast Michigan, where he is involved with management activities for a wide variety of wildlife species.

“Joe has developed exceptional relationships with constituent groups.  He actively works with stakeholders on wildlife habitat projects, wildlife surveys, and successfully communicates with people about wildlife regulations,” said Russ Mason, chief of the DNR’s Wildlife Division.

Robison was cited as a biologist who is very effective at his job and as a key employee who is heavily relied on for his knowledge and his insight.

“We believe that Joe Robison is committed to making a difference for wild turkeys, waterfowl and Michigan’s natural resources. In the 1990s, Joe helped with the southern Michigan wild turkey restoration program by capturing wild turkeys and selecting release sites when he was a laborer at the Muskegon State Game Area.   In recent times, Joe has coordinated the successful wild turkey restoration activities in southeast Michigan,” said Steve Sharp, senior field representative for NWTF. The international organization is involved in such recognitions of
key wildlife professionals in natural resources agencies and is dedicated to the conservation of wild turkeys and the preservation of hunting heritage.

“This is an especially important honor to bestow upon a wildlife professional because recipients are chosen for this award by NWTF members based on recommendations from their wildlife employee peers,” Sharp said.

Robison was commended for his inclusive management style and his ability to work with people on a variety of activities. He is chair of the statewide citizens waterfowl advisory committee and also serves on other wildlife-related committees and workgroups. It was noted that he
was an employee that always gives over 110 percent in the performance of his duties.

Mason said Robison exemplifies an employee that communicates well with constituents and strives to improve habitat for wildlife. He is a biologist who understands the DNR mission and works to fulfill that mission, Mason said.

“We are proud to have one of our employees recognized for his contributions by a major conservation group such as the National Wild Turkey Federation,” Mason said. “This award reflects positively on the employee and it confirms that key organizations appreciate quality
employees like Joe Robison that work for the DNR.”  The award was presented to Robison at the Michigan State National Wild Turkey Federation Convention meeting recently in Big Rapids.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural resources for current and future generations.


About Us

In 2002, a group of local sportsmen and sportswomen joined together to form a chapter of Waterfowl U.S.A.  Our chapter name is Southwestern Lake Erie Chapter.  Waterfowl U.S.A. is a non-profit organization that is committed to local habitat issues.  Seventy percent of the proceeds raised at our various functions throughout the year stays in the local area for habitat projects.  We are committed to raising “Local Bucks for Local Ducks”.


Our Goals

    • Protect local wetland habitat
    • Restore drained wetlands
    • Educate the public on the importance of wetlands and habitat areas
    • Provide controlled hunting opportunities on selected properties
    • Contribute to the purchase of greenspaces for wildlife protection


Accomplishments

    • 60-Acre Norts Acquisition 
    • 66-Acre Dusseau Acquisition 
    • 300 Wood Duck Boxes built, erected and maintained 
    • 400 Mallard Hen houses erected and maintained 
    • 43-Acre Wetland Restoration 
    • 20-Acre Grassland Project 
    • Annual Jerry Bartnik Scholarship 
    • 35-Acre Mc Kinley Acquisition 
    • $10,000 to Brancheau Track
    • wetland Restoration
    • $10,000 to Ohio DNR
    • $5,000 to Somerset State Fame Area Wetland Restoration
    • Supplied chemicals to kill phragmities at Pointe Mouillee state game area 
    • Paid for a Hydro-Axe to mow parts of Erie SGA to establish food plots and native grass restoration. 
    • 980-Acre Howard Farms Project







Address: PO BOX 500, Oak Forest, IL, 60452
Phone: +1 (803) 637-5767
Email: nwfusa@yahoo.com

National Waterfowl U.S.A. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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