Newport man recognized by ODFW for volunteer efforts

Don Sarver, winner of the 2018 Dave Liscia Volunteer Award, is pictured with Brittany Huntington, formerly an employee of ODFW’s Marine Reserves Program. (Courtesy photo)

Don Sarver is a keystone volunteer in almost every Mid Coast Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program project, and he has also volunteered with Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife staff, as well as Marine Resources, Marine Reserves, Life Cycle Monitoring, Angler Education and ODFW Hatcheries.

Sarver will be recognized on Aug. 2 during the ODFW Commission meeting in Salem, where he will be presented with this year’s Dave Liscia Volunteer Award. This award is presented annually by ODFW to outstanding volunteers.

Sarver has contributed 2,551 hours and 13,605 miles to ODFW over the last eight years, averaging 319 hours and 1,701 miles per year. ODFW officials said Sarver “is an incredible asset to ODFW and the natural resources of the Oregon coast. The confidence, trust and reliance that agency staff has in Don to support our activities and ODFW’s mission is invaluable. Don is an ambassador for ODFW within the local communities of the Mid Coast District, facilitating positive communication between the agency and the public.”

They went on to say that Sarver’s volunteer time is especially important for ODFW’s implementation of the 25-year Angling Plan, and he continues to lead education and angling experiences for Oregon’s youth. Without a science background or prior teaching experience, Sarver has become a VIP angling instructor and honorary fish biologist, teaching students and inspiring the next generation of anglers and natural resource stewards. He is also a valuable volunteer recruiter on the Mid Coast, always striving to get new community members involved in ODFW activities and programs.  He is committed to natural resource conservation and management, and the education of Oregon’s youth.


About the Dave Liscia Volunteer Award

Dave Liscia was an ODFW Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) biologist in Roseburg and Clackamas and worked for ODFW for 25 years. He was killed in a car accident near the Clackamas office in February 2002. Liscia concentrated most of his professional efforts on working with volunteers and the enhancement of salmonids. This award honors his memory and recognizes an outstanding volunteer or volunteer group that works with fish or wildlife programs.


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