Here’s the press release from the North Carolina Wildlife Federation:
Each year the North Carolina Wildlife Federation presents the prestigious Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards, an 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.
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, CEO of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. “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.”
Awards winners are nominated by the citizens of North Carolina and decided upon by a committee of scientists, environmental educators, and conservation activists. “This awards program brings together a remarkably diverse group of conservationists to highlight the `good news’ about wildlife conservation in North Carolina,” said Gestwicki, “Our primary focus is to applaud and honor these people who work so hard for wildlife and the air, water, land that they and all of us depend upon”.
The nomination period for the Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards is open through July 1, 2014. These awards are presented each year at a gala banquet. Award recipients receive a handsome statuette and certificate.
Among the many awards categories are Conservationist of the Year, Land Conservationist of the Year, Water Conservationist of the Year, Environmental Educator of the Year, LandConservationist of the Year, and Business Conservationist of the Year.