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Tulsa Employee Spotlight

Canton Lake Ranger Earns top Award for Interpretive Excellence

by Brannen Parrish

It’s difficult to forget Park Ranger Shawna Polen. The Canton Lake park ranger is known by coworkers and visitors to the project for her enthusiasm and friendly disposition.

Polen was recently named the 2018 Chief of Engineers Natural Resources Management Hiram M. Chittenden Award for Interpretive Excellence by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Chittenden Award is a national-level award for outstanding contributions in interpretation and environmental education. It’s based on the demonstration of creativity and originality to produce a positive visitor experience at Corps of Engineers projects.

A notable example of Ranger Polen’s efforts includes the development of a Junior Park Ranger App for kids, which she’s continues to work on with the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Innovations Team.

Congratulations, Ranger Polen!


Texoma Rangers complete two year training program

Congratulations to Ranger Hollis St. John and Ranger Jason Tally on completion of the Ranger Training Program! The Ranger Training Program is a two year program park rangers must complete after being hired as Natural Resource Specialists for the Corps of Engineers. The program prepares them for the unique assignments and challenges park rangers encounter in their day-to-day efforts.

Ranger St. John and Ranger Tally are assigned to the Lake Texoma Project Office.

Tulsa District Commander, Col. Christopher Hussin, presents Hollis St. John with a Certificate of Completion upon graduating from the Corps of Engineer’s two yearlong Park Ranger Training Program.
Tulsa District Commander, Col. Christopher Hussin, presents Jason W. Tally with a Certificate of Completion upon graduating from the Corps of Engineer’s two yearlong Park Ranger Training Program.