Former Ducks Unlimited Utah State Chairman and long-time volunteer, Joe Trujillo, was recently recognized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of Engineering for his volunteer work assisting with hazardous waste management around the country, specifically focused on pollution prevention.
“The volunteer work that I do for the USFWS is a labor of love,” said Joe. “I hope my efforts reduce the potential for environmental impact from spills and leaks from chemical inventories at refuges and hatcheries as well as reduce potential employee exposures from these same inventories.”
Joe attended his first DU chapter meeting in 1981 for Tooele County and made quite an impression, receiving an offer to serve as chairman by the end of the evening. Luckily for DU, Joe agreed and has been an active volunteer ever since. He and his wife, Lora, have chaired or co-chaired the Tooele County Chapter for the last 35 years—Lora also currently serves on the national merchandise committee and Joe serves on the board of directors of DUMAC, as well as completed two terms on the national membership committee. Joe was also Utah’s State Chairman for three years from 2011 through 2014 and received a top-10 state chairman award from DU CEO Dale Hall.
“As an avid waterfowler, I became aware of Ducks Unlimited’s conservation mission very early in my hunting career,” Joe said. “I decided to join DU at my first opportunity to help with the effort of perpetuating the hunting opportunity for my kids and grandkids. One of my daughters hunts the opener with me every year and I now have a grandson that I hope will join me in the marsh one day! I truly enjoy all the friendships that Lora and I have made along the way and will continue as long as I am able to help with the incredible work that DU is doing.”