National Boating Safety Award For WA Park Employee
Jim French, a longtime employee of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s Boating Program, has received national honors from the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).
French received the NASBLA Lifetime Achievement Award for his long devotion to recreational boating safety and his work in supporting the national organization. The award was presented recently at the NASBLA national conference in Boise, Idaho.
French, 65, began his career in 1972, as a watercraft officer with the Ohio Division of Watercraft. In 1984, he was hired by Washington State Parks through a nationwide recruitment, to work on the startup of Washington state’s boating safety program. Under his purview, Washington’s marine law enforcement program was created, along with a variety of campaigns over the years to increase the safety of Washington’s waterways for boaters. Notable among French’s accomplishments is the production of a 1992 video, “Adventures in Boating with Bill Nye, the Science Guy,” featuring a young and not-yet-famous Bill Nye.