Author: NCWRC blogger/Thursday, March 10, 2022/Categories: Blog, Conservation, Game Lands, Hunting, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Watching
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominations for its Lawrence G. Diedrick Small Game Award. This prestigious honor recognizes meaningful contributions of an individual or organization that benefit North Carolina’s small game populations and/or small game habitat. This includes efforts in habitat management, education, research and the Wildlife Commission’s Hunting Heritage Program, which promotes the recruitment and retention of hunters. In some cases, small game, such as bobwhite quail, ruffed grouse, squirrel, rabbit, benefit significantly from efforts focused on non-game or other species with similar habitat requirements.
The award is named for the late Larry Diedrick, a lawyer and a former Wildlife Commissioner (1993-2001) from Rocky Mount who was well-known for his passion and advocacy of wildlife conservation, in particular small game. After Commissioner Diedrick’s death in 2002, friends made memorial contributions to the N.C. Wildlife Endowment Fund to support an annual small game award in his honor. The award was established in 2003.
Nominations can be made in two categories, Individual and Organization.
Winners are selected by the Wildlife Commission’s Small Game Committee and will be recognized formally in the fall at a Wildlife Commission business meeting. A plaque listing all winners is prominently displayed in the Wildlife Commission headquarters, and winners also receive a memento related to their efforts.
Nominations must include the following information:
Nominations should be submitted electronically March 1 through May 1 by emailing Melinda.Huebner@ncwildlife.org. Nominations will also be accepted by mail: N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Wildlife Management Division, c/o Diedrick Small Game Award, 1722 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1722.
For more information about small game management in North Carolina, visit the agency’s small game hunting webpage.
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