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Feb. 6, 2014

DNR employee recognized for Trout in the Classroom efforts

The South Carolina Council of Trout Unlimited presented its 2013 Palmetto Trout Award to S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Aquatic Education Coordinator Lorianne Riggin for her continued work with Trout in the Classroom at the DNR Board meeting on Jan. 21 in Columbia.Lorianne Riggin

Trout in the Classroom (TIC) exposes students to a world of wonder by letting them raise trout from eggs to fingerlings. Students can be responsible for daily care and maintenance of the fish. The tanks are used as a teaching tool and turn in lesson plans with the correlating standards.

Riggin is primarily responsible for the program as implemented by DNR, "Currently we are in 18 schools where TIC reaches approximately 4000 students. We started the partnership with Trout Unlimited in 2009." As Aquatic Education Coordinator for DNR, Lorianne works to provide opportunities for folks to learn about aquatic resources and be introduced to the sport of fishing. She has eight years with DNR and started in 2006 as the Inland Clean Vessel Act Coordinator and moved into the Aquatic Education position in the summer of 2007.

Representing over 1,300 Trout Unlimited members, the South Carolina Council presents the award annually to an organization or individual in South Carolina that has made significant contributions to support Trout Unlimited's mission of protecting and sustaining the state's coldwater resources.

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