McCann named 2017 Wisconsin Conservation Warden of Year

La Crosse are conservation warden Ed McCann is the 2017 Wisconsin Conservation Warden of the Year.
McCann will receive the award at the Haskell Noyes Award Banquet on April 14, from 5 p.m.-midnight at the Pettibone Resort in La Crosse.
Tyler Strelow, Mississippi River Team warden supervisor, says the 2017 Haskell Noyes Conservation Warden Efficiency Award recipient is a brand of his own after 17 years of being on duty.
“McCann has become a bit of a household name for the warden service with all of his statewide involvement,” Strelow said of McCann, who serves on Strelow’s Mississippi River Team.
With his "think outside the box" attitude and ability to readily adapt to change, McCann's well-balanced program reflects a dedication to his continuous improvement based upon his seeking out feedback and help from others.
“Ed continuously holds himself to the highest of standards and admits his errors and deficiencies,” wardens Meghan Jensen and Trevor Tracey wrote in their nomination paper. “One of Ed’s most impressive qualities is his dedication to helping develop skills of wardens all across the state, and beyond.”
Named after a prominent businessman and World War I officer, Noyes was a pioneer Wisconsin conservationist who created the warden award to give credit for faithful and able service. The award includes a gold pocket watch with an inscription stating the watch is a Conservation Warden Efficiency Award for "Faithful and Able Service" to the state.
McCann has done more in his 17 years of service as a conservation warden than many wardens will do in their entire career, Jensen and Tracey said, adding the only word for his investigations is "brilliant."
“From his first station in Fond du Lac, to serving in the Investigative Unit, to his current station in La Crosse, everywhere Ed has served he has made a significant impact, aiding to his team’s performance and contribution to state-wide success,” they said.
Well known among other area law enforcement agencies and the justice community, McCann is known as a valued teammate who also places high priority to community wardening, public relations with all sorts of organizations and staying on top of law changes.
“Ed is a visionary, who is very intentional in his actions to ensure his role as a conservation warden will have the greatest impact on fulfilling the mission of the DNR and protecting our state’s natural resources while gaining voluntary compliance and using the most appropriate enforcement action,” the two wardens said. “Ed’s career is highlighted by his continued success, and as young wardens we look up to Ed as a mentor, as a leader, and as somebody we can trust to help us build our own successful careers.”