05 Oct CCA NC Sponsors 52nd Annual NCWF Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards
CCA NC is a proud sponsor of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards. CCA’s David Sneed Executive Director David Sneed and Assistant Director Todd Shamel represented the organization at the Sept. 12 Event in Cary.
Celebrating Governor’s Conservation Heroes
(Raleigh, NC, September 14, 2015) – The North Carolina Wildlife Federation has presented its 52nd Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards to 20 winners dedicated to conservation in North Carolina.
This Years’ winners are a who’s who of Conservation stalwarts, who work for species ranging from elk, falcons, song birds and bear and from water quality and land stewardship advocates, to those helping to preserve unique ecosystems and those connecting youth to nature. The award winners include agency professionals, elected officials, academia, non-profit leaders and emerging youth leaders.
The North Carolina Wildlife Federation first presented its conservation awards in 1958. “Each year we are amazed at the commitment and creativity of North Carolina citizens in protecting wildlife and wild places,” stated Tim Gestwicki, NCWF CEO. “Many of our award winners tell us their Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award represents the high point of their career—whether they are full-time scientists or full-time volunteer conservationists.”
Governor Pat McCrory in his congratulatory remarks to the winners stated, “Our natural resources sustain the lives of countless species and are a part of our rich heritage. From the mountains to the coast, North Carolina can boast of preserving wildlife habitats that make our communities stronger and keep our state beautiful. It is my privilege to join the North Carolina Wildlife Federation in congratulating this year’s honorees for their dedication to protection of wildlife and wildlife habitats in North Carolina.”
These prestigious awards are a long-standing effort to honor individuals, governmental bodies, organizations, and others who have exhibited an unwavering commitment to conservation in North Carolina. These are the highest natural resource honors given in the state. By recognizing, publicizing, and honoring these conservation leaders—young and old, professional and volunteer—the North Carolina Wildlife Federation hopes to inspire all North Carolinians to take a more active role in protecting the natural resources of our state.
In addition, there was a special induction into the Conservation Hall of Fame, for long-time conservationist Mr. Eugene Hester of Wendell, NC who held, during his distinguished fish and wildlife career, the highest positions in three separate divisions of the US Department of the Interior during his distinguished career. As the Master of Ceremonies, T. Edward Nickens remarked in the induction remarks “ we stand on the shoulders of giants. We stand on the shoulders of conservation giants who went before us with our success rooted in a foundation laid by the conservation heroes of yesterday. And nobody fits that description better than F. Eugene Hester.” This was a special honor bestowed upon only a select few in history.
The awards were presented at the Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards banquet and celebration held September 12th at the Embassy Suites RTP in Cary, NC.