Former Ajoite is a part of lOBest nomination

By Ajo Copper News staff

Ajo Copper News of Ajo, Arizona

Former Ajo resident Michael Lusk recently received notification that the wildlife refuge he currently manages — the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia — has been nominated as a contender for the top ten best scenic campgrounds in the country. The contest, which is being promoted by USA TODAY, gives the public the chance to vote for candidates of the lOBest Readers' Choice Travel Awards.

Lusk was an assistant manager at the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge from 1999 to 2003. In a curious twist, he was replaced in that position by Curt McCasland, who later became the Cabeza manager before transferring to Okefenokee. Lusk then replaced McCasland as manager at Okefenokee in 2013.

"I think it's ironic that both of us moved from a very large desert to a very large swamp, one of the driest places in the country to one of the wettest," said Lusk. "It is true what they say about the heat: the humid heat out here is like being suffocated. Plus there are all the bugs. I really miss Ajo, but I have family out here. Having said that, I still have friends in Ajo that I will always consider family."

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