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For Release: Friday, March 9, 2012

DEC Captain Timothy Huss Receives Senator Owen Johnson Award

Award recognizes Huss's 35 year career and accomplishments in environmental conservation and wildlife preservation

Environmental Conservation Captain Timothy Huss of Islip, Suffolk County, was awarded the Owen Johnson award from the Peconic River Sportsmen's Club (PRSC), NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Regional Director Peter Scully announced today.

"During Captain Tim Huss's extraordinary career here at DEC, he has proven to be an intuitive, effective asset to the law enforcement division and an exceptional advocate of the environment," Scully said. "I extend my congratulations to Captain Huss and thank him for his dedication and leadership though out his career."

The Honorable Owen H. Johnson Sportsman/woman of the Year Award was established by PRSC, the Suffolk Alliance of Sportsmen Inc. (SASI) and the NYS Rifle and Pistol Association in 1997 to recognize leadership in environmental conservation and wildlife preservation. The first award was given out by PRSC to honor Senator Johnson.

"I am proud to present Captain Tim Huss with the Owen H. Johnson Sportsman of the Year Award," New York State Senator Owen H Johnson said. "Since 1977 Captain Huss has been protecting New York's Fish and Game. He is a dedicated Conservation Officer and I am proud to call him my friend."

Captain Huss, currently supervising environmental conservation police officers across Nassau and Suffolk counties, was recognized for his 35 years of service in DEC's Division of Law Enforcement and for founding the DEC's Youth Conservation Program. PRSC's board voted unanimously to award Captain Huss this honor and named him an honorary member of the association.

Captain Huss was born at a naval hospital in Maryland where his father was stationed while serving in the US Navy. In 1955 his family moved to Brentwood, Suffolk County, where he was raised. He attended Farmingdale University followed by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry where he earned a degree in Wildlife Biology.

Captain Huss started his career with DEC's in Region One in 1977, where his main responsibilities included patrolling the south shore of Long Island and enforcing marine fish and shellfishing laws. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1982 and captain in 2007.

In 1994, Captain Huss spearheaded the development of DEC's Youth Conservation Program. The program is a free two-day, hands-on program for the purpose of introducing 12 to 16-year-olds to the basic principles of conservation, sportsman education and general outdoorsmanship. To date, nearly 1,000 students have successfully completed the Youth Conservation Program, adding to New York's future responsible sportsmen and women.

Captain Huss also received the North American Wildlife Enforcement Association's Officer of the Year award in 1995, a national award that recognizes people and agencies that have performed outstanding work, exemplary service to the public or have contributed to wildlife law enforcement in other ways.

Captain Huss and his wife reside in the Town of Islip. Captain Huss has three grown sons, who were raised in Islip, and three granddaughters.