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Great Bay Reserve Manager Cory Riley Honored as Fearless Advocate of Great Bay

Contact:
Kelle Loughlin, Great Bay Discovery Center, Kelle.Loughlin@wildlife.nh.gov

January 5, 2017

DURHAM, NH -- Surrounded by colleagues and partners from around the nation, Cory Riley, Reserve Manager for the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (GBNERR), was recently awarded the prestigious “Award for Outstanding Contributions” to the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS).  The award was jointly presented at the NERRS Annual Meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia, by Erica Seiden, Program Manager for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management, and Rebecca Roth, Executive Director of the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association.  The award honors leaders that demonstrate sustained commitment to the NERRS.

 

Prior to joining the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department as manager of GBNERR, Riley worked in NOAA where “she led system-wide strategic planning efforts and skillfully facilitated important dialogue both at NOAA and with partners,” said Seiden.   “She has a way of bringing out the best in people and efforts in a creative and supportive way, always with an eye on the outcome.”

 

At the awards ceremony, Riley was referred to as a “fearless advocate for the Great Bay and the entire National Estuarine Research Reserve System,” reflecting the spirited approach she brings to all her work. “At the local level as manager of GBNERR, Riley is a community leader. She brings people together to solve tough problems. Her charismatic personality, technical knowledge and capacity to engage and navigate tough issues allow her to shine in this position. This is of significant benefit not only to the Reserve and the local community, but also for the [Reserve] System,” continued Seiden.

 

GBNERR is one of a national network of 28 protected area Reserves created under the Coastal Zone Management Act in partnership with NOAA and the coastal states that collectively protects more than one million acres of the nation's most important coastal resources. Established in 1989, the GBNERR mission is to advance understanding of Great Bay and promote stewardship of this complex ecosystem. It accomplishes this mission through integrated programs of research, education, and stewardship based at the Reserve’s Great Bay Discovery Center.

 

The Great Bay Discovery Center is managed by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and is the education headquarters for the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, a state and federal partnership between NH Fish and Game and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It is located off Route 33 at 89 Depot Road in Greenland, NH.


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