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By Heidi Zemach
For The LOG 

CNF's D'Amico moves on


Heidi Zemach | For The LOG

Moose Pass resident Robert Trudeau puts another title on Ruth D'Amico's hat during her farewell party

Ruth D'Amico, a fish technician who has been permanent seasonal employee of the Chugach National Forest for the last 12 years was honored at her going-away party Sunday night at the Moose Pass Community Center.

D'Amico, of Moose Pass, is leaving the Chugach NF to take a full-time position as the zone fish biologist at the Fremont-Winema National Forest in Southeast Oregon. While here, she became a much-loved member of the Moose Pass community, and the area's Kenai Peninsula schools community. The community center, filled to capacity with appreciative friends, neighbors and colleagues, reflected that. One after another, each person told the gathering stories of what she did for them and concluded by adding a new title to the fluffy hat she wore.

The names on her hat included "gun club, gym lady, house sitter, pet sitter, fish biologist, kids fishing, stream protector, conservation educator," and many more.

D'Amico, was lauded for being such a prolific and reliable house sitter and pet sitter who not only looked out that their pipes didn't freeze in the winter, but watched over their gardens, and even their chickens goats, horses, and had some hair-raising encounters with some wild animals that visited.

Colleagues spoke of her exemplary work ethic and noted D'Amico's work on area stream restoration projects. Notable was the part she played in the Chugach National Forest's conservation education program that took place in the Seward, Moose Pass, Copper River and Hope Schools throughout 2005-12. Along with "Ranger Katie" Toth-Stauble, D'Amico helped establish and oversee salmon-rearing tanks in all of those schools, provided hands-on environmental education, and outdoor activities including fishing trips, and school and community-based stream restoration and monitoring efforts at a wide variety of places including Scheffler Creek and the Seward Lagoon.

D'Amico received a Gold Pan Award of appreciation from the Chugach National Forest.


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