Mark Schlepp of Choteau was one of two Fish, Wildlife and Parks employees recognized for their outstanding work during the Governor’s Awards Ceremony on Sept. 16.

Schlepp, a wildlife area manager in FWP’s Region 4, received a Governor’s Award for Excellence in Performance during the ceremony.

Schlepp manages a workforce of eight that operates and maintains nine wildlife management areas, including Beartooth, Beckman, Blackleaf, Ear Mountain, Freezout Lake, Judith River, Marias River, Smith River and Sun River. They total about 110,000 deeded and leased acres.

“He really showcases our WMAs,” says Cory Loecker, FWP Region 4 wildlife manager. “He keeps the weeds down, the fences up, the roads and culverts maintained and the buildings in good condition. He is also a key player in maintaining and enhancing wildlife habitat and managing public recreation of these areas.”

It’s a team effort, Schlepp said: “I am nothing without the maintenance crew. They are the nuts and bolts. The work doesn’t get done without them.”

Schlepp started with FWP in November of 1985. He took over the FWP Region 4 post in 1991.

Renee Lemon, who is in the Responsive Management Unit at FWP Headquarters in Helena, was also recognized.

“For both Mark and Renee, this award acknowledges the importance of leadership, vision and teamwork in meeting our goals as an agency and our obligations to the public we serve in being inclusive in our work, having integrity and balance and providing opportunities outside,” said FWP Director Martha Williams.

The Governor’s Award for Excellence in Performance is given annually to outstanding state employees. Agencies nominate individuals or teams, who through exceptional achievement and innovative ideas, improve the quality and productivity of state government programs, save the state money or demonstrate significant leadership. Gov. Stan Stephens established the awards in 1990.