By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

Travis Livieri, a key consultant in the Logan County black-footed ferret reintroduction program, has received an award for his efforts in the Conata Basin.

Livieri, Wellington, Colo., received the regional partner of the year award from the National Forest Service. The award follows a year when Livieri spearheaded efforts to save ferrets when sylvatic plague -- deadly to ferrets -- was found in prairie dogs colonies.

In addition to his work in the Conata Basin, located south of the Badlands National Park in South Dakota, he serves as chairman of the Black-footed Ferret Recovery Program's conservation committee, which just recently ranked Logan County as the most important reintroduction site in the nation.

Livieri was recently in Logan County, training others on tracking ferrets in the snow, yet another method to count the nocturnal animals.