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For Immediate Release
August 27, 2008
Contact: Don Cookson

Maine Warden Service and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Deputy Commissioner Paul F. Jacques Recognized for Contributions to Highway Safety and Youth Civic Education

WINSLOW , MAINE -Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap attended today's annual meeting of the Maine Warden Service Association in Winslow and presented recognition plaques to the Maine Warden Service and to Deputy IF&W Commissioner Paul F. Jacques.

Dunlap presented the Special Teamwork Award to Col. Joel Wilkinson of the Maine Warden Service in recognition of the significant contributions Maine game wardens make to enhancing highway safety. Last winter, Maine game wardens and detectives from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles worked cooperatively at road crossings of snowmobile trails after a spate of tragic deaths on Maine 's snowmobile trails, including one case in Aroostook County where an individual snowmobiler was killed after being struck by a motor vehicle. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles is under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of State. "We really enjoyed working with the Warden Service," said Dunlap. "Our detectives provided additional support to district wardens, and enabled them to amplify their safety enforcement efforts." Dunlap also noted that the regular contact that wardens have with young people is also critical to engaging youth at an early age to care about Maine 's natural resources and the policies that protect them. " Maine game wardens are about more than just fish and deer," said Dunlap. "Their service plays a critical role in rural Maine , including highway safety. We're proud to work with them and support them." Dunlap also expressed the hope that the two agencies would build on their cooperative work in the future.

In addition, Dunlap also presented a Medallion Award from the National Association of Secretaries of State to IF&W Deputy Commissioner Paul Jacques for his sustained commitment to civics education in Maine . "Paul Jacques has been a quiet leader for years working with young people. Whether in his role as a legislator, sportsman, or senior Department official, Jacques has an instinctive understanding of the importance of civic engagement," said Dunlap. "Paul Jacques has been a driving force with Dirigo Boys State for years. Coupled with his fluency in the legislative process and his practical, hands-on experience in working with the public on natural resource issues, he offers a great deal to young people in Maine ." Dirigo Boys State and Girls State offers high school students the opportunity to learn the legislative and electoral processes through immersion in a college setting for a number of days.

The Medallion Award is authorized for presentation on behalf of the National Association of Secretaries of State by any of its members in recognition of significant contributions to elections, with special emphasis on voter education and participation; or civic education, including the teaching, promotion, and study of the subject.