Galveston County’s Julie Massey receives Superior Service Award from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

January 29, 2014

By Jim Hiney

GALVESTON, Texas — Julie Massey, the Texas Sea Grant College Program’s Coastal and Marine Resources Agent for Galveston County, has received the Superior Service Award for volunteerism from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Massey, who has a dual appointment with Texas Sea Grant and AgriLife Extension, received the award in early January during the agency’s Centennial Conference in College Station, Texas.

“We are delighted to see Julie Massey recognized with this prestigious award for her work in Galveston County,” said Dr. Pamela Plotkin, Texas Sea Grant director. “Through her programs, Julie makes a difference in the lives of Texans, improving their understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources."

Massey has served as the Galveston Bay Area Texas Master Naturalist chapter adviser for 12 years. The nomination for her award noted “her leadership qualities, her support and her guidance” as being instrumental in attracting and keeping volunteers involved in AgriLife Extension and Texas Sea Grant programs.

Her efforts led the Galveston Bay Area Master Naturalists to become collaborators in the Galveston Bay Plan — a comprehensive, 20-year management plan — through education, training and restoration activities. Another significant project of the group was the restoration of Galveston Island State Park after Hurricane Ike left it in ruins in 2008. The volunteers cleared debris and refurbished the Nature Center, restored dune and prairie habitat, and were instrumental in the park reopening 6 ½ years ahead of the state’s best-case scenario. They also coordinate prairie restoration at five other sites across the area, including the Texas City Prairie Reserve and Armand Bayou Nature Center; in 2010, the volunteers created more than 135 new acres of prairie.

Superior Service Awards are presented to personnel who demonstrate outstanding performance or provide exceptional service to AgriLife Extension, an educational outreach agency of the Texas A&M University System.

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Texas Sea Grant is a unique partnership that unites the resources of the federal government, the State of Texas and universities across the state to create knowledge, tools, products and services that benefit the economy, the environment and the citizens of Texas. It is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is one of 33 university-based Sea Grant Programs around the country. Texas Sea Grant is a non-academic research center in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. The program’s mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources.