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N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission Employees Win Conservation Awards

Author: NCWRC blogger/Friday, July 21, 2017/Categories: Conservation

N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission Employees Win Conservation Awards

Five employees from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) were recently honored for their work in the areas of conservation, water quality and wildlife habitat improvement.

Three Commission employees were honored with the State Government Conservation Partner of the Year award. Tommy Hughes, Gordon Warburton and David Allen were nominated by the N.C. Coastal Land Trust (NCCLT) and presented the award on May 24 at a ceremony held in Hendersonville. With nearly 60 combined years of wildlife management experience between them, the three award recipients are known for their commitment and passion throughout the state’s conservation community.

“Tommy and Dave have been instrumental in helping NCCLT identify collaborative land conservation projects,” said Camilla Herlevich, the N.C. Coastal Land Trust’s executive director. “They help prepare the necessary grants, promote projects through NCWRC Headquarters for approvals and coordinate with the State Property Office on closings. Gordon’s work has been similarly impactful on conservation in the western part of the state. They are all exceptional land trust partners most and deserving of this recognition.”

Tommy Hughes and Gordon Warburton both retired from the Commission’s Land and Water Access Division in early 2017. David Allen currently works in the Wildlife Management Division.

Two other employees also received special recognition this spring. At an awards banquet held on May 18, the Stokes Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) recognized Jeff Ferguson (Engineering) and Mark Fowlkes (Inland Fisheries) for their outstanding work on the Little Snow Creek Restoration Project in Stokes County.

“The Stokes SWCD Board of Supervisors and the staff are very appreciative of Mark and Jeff’s hard work,” said Dede DeBruhl, district conservationist with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. “They are dedicated employees who worked tirelessly to design and oversee implementation of this project. Their accomplishments resulted in a successful project that has improved water quality and wildlife habitat in Stokes County.”

For more information on the Little Snow Creek Restoration Project, visit the Stokes Soil and Water Conservation District webpage.

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