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Remembering Rich Wynia

Plaque honoring Rich WyniaRich Wynia passed away on April 3, 2016.  To honor his memory, his colleagues installed a memorial plaque in a newly remodeled conference room at the Plant Materials Center in Manhattan, Kansas.

Rich worked at NRCS for 30 years. He was the manager of the Plant Materials Center since 1991.  He had earned a PhD in Agronomy from the South Dakota State University.  Rich was respected in the Plant Materials Program and was awarded the Meritorious Service Award in 2015. He demonstrated excellence and led the work of scientists in the selection and development of plants, trees, and shrubs to improve the conservation practices in the region.  Rich is also remembered for developing lasting partnerships and his devotion to mentoring new employees.

The development of the memorial was a team effort of Kansas NRCS Area 4 employees Troy Munsch, Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations; Tracey Weston, Area Administrative Assistant; Kris Ethridge, Area Resource Conservationist and Kevin Religa, District Conservationist along with State Resource Conservationist Dean Krehbiel.

Don Garwood, Paul Glue, Jason Waite, and Fred Cummings with plaque honoring Rich WyniaStaff at the Manhattan, Kansas USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Center pose with the memorial plaque that was installed honoring Rich Wynia who passed away in 2016 after managing the PMC from 1991-2016.  The plaque was placed in the newly remodeled conference room. 

Left to right: Don Garwood, Biological Science Technician; Paul Gleue, Biological Science Aid; Jason Waite, Agronomist; and Fred Cummings, PMC Manager.