Ryan Mosley, Associated Press
This undated photo provided by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources shows an angler fishing for burbot at Flaming Gorge, Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah biologist has been honored for outstanding service to fish and wildlife conservation on public lands.

Brandon McDonald of the Bureau of Land Management Utah Vernal Field Office received the “Jim Yoakum Emerging Leader Award,” during the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Denver March 12. This award is given in honor of Jim Yoakum, the BLM’s first wildlife biologist.

McDonald has demonstrated excellent leadership in wildlife conservation through valuable work with a variety of partners including the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and by managing the White-tailed Prairie Dog/Black Footed Ferret program in his office.

His diverse workload includes federally listed and sensitive fish species in the upper Colorado River Basin and mitigating impacts of energy development to important fish and wildlife species on public lands. Brandon also worked with partners to protect reptiles, amphibians, raptors and sage-grouse.