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Mountain Parks Electric, employees earn local and national awards

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USFS Wildlife Biologist Doreen Sumerlin awarding MPE Operations

Mountain Parks Electric (MPE) was formally recognized for its local environmental stewardship and community support. In April 2016, MPE Operations Superintendent Bruce Van Bockern received the prestigious National Wings across America Award for protecting ospreys in the Lake Granby area. Ospreys often choose power poles as their nesting sites, which can be dangerous, but Van Bockern and MPE line crews have protected and enhanced the osprey population in the Arapaho National Recreation Area by installing poles and platforms to encourage ospreys to pick safer nesting sites.

The Wings across the Americas Program is administered by the National Forest System, state and private forestry, research and development, and international programs. It recognizes outstanding bird, bat, butterfly, and dragonfly conservation work by Forest Service personnel and their partners.

In May the Granby Chamber of Commerce and Main Street recognized MPE's Director of Communications and Member Services Rosemary Knerr with the Chamber Member of the Year Award. During the recognition ceremony, MPE also received the Business of the Year Award.

"I congratulate and commend both Bruce and Rosemary on receiving these awards of recognition," said MPE General Manager Tom Sifers, "and I thank the Granby Chamber of Commerce for the award of Business of the Year. Mountain Parks Electric takes pride in supporting our members and community."

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