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Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Partner in Action

Wildlife Forever Press Release
Brooklyn Center, MN - This month Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! (SAH!) is pleased to announce Dr. Nick Schmal, from the U.S. Forest Service Eastern Region, as the November "Partner in Action." As the Regional Fish Program Leader, Nickís has been outstanding in promoting conservation stewardship through the SAH! campaign.

"Dr. Schmalís vision of state, federal and NGO partnerships has truly changed America. His insight and passion for aquatic invasive species prevention are a cornerstone for the SAH! campaign," said Pat Conzemius, Conservation Director of Wildlife Forever.

The U.S. Forest Service, Eastern Region is a leading Federal agency supporting the campaign. Understanding the value added benefit of partnerships, Schmal connects partners by pooling resources and eliminating duplicate efforts for consistent outreach and education. Schmal has also been instrumental with youth invasive species education through the Invader Crusader component of the State-Fish Art Program. Nick is also a strong supporter of the National Professional Angler Association's Future Angler Foundation fishing clinics that teach youth about AIS at professional fishing tournaments, local events and clinics around the country.

Doug Grann, Wildlife Forever, President and CEO, said "Nick Schmal is a leader in creating partnerships that raise awareness and change behavior. His contribution to conservation in America is felt every day. SAH! would not be where it is today without him."

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! is the internationally recognized public service campaign for the prevention of invasive species. Thousands of agencies, organizations, and groups have signed on to support partnerships efforts in raising awareness through consistent marketing, messaging and outreach.

Sign up at and take part in Americaís movement to conserve our fish and wildlife resources by preventing the spread of invasive species.

About Wildlife Forever: Wildlife Foreverís mission is to conserve America's wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. As the nonprofit conservation arm of the North American Hunting Club and North American Fishing Club, Wildlife Forever represents the conservation interests of 1 million members. As operational lead for the national Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign Wildlife Forever also works to engage Americaís youth through the State-Fish Art Program. Visit for more information.

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