Interior Secretary Honors Four Fish and Wildlife Conservation Partnerships with Major Award
For Immediate Release
January 16, 2014
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today presented the Department’s 2013 “Partners in Conservation” awards at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The Secretary honored 20 partnership projects that have demonstrated exemplary natural resource conservation efforts through public-private cooperation. Four partnerships nominated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service involving nearly sixty individuals and organizations located in California, Oregon, Kansas and Texas received awards.
“Partnerships are vital to wildlife conservation efforts nationwide as they allow us to combine the strengths of our stakeholders with the resources and abilities of our staff,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “Almost anything is possible when you leverage the skills, talents, dedication and abilities of diverse groups of stakeholders that share a common conservation agenda.”
The Service’s partnerships receiving the 2013 Partners in Conservation award are:
The Great Plains Nature Center, Wichita, Kansas
A wild oasis in an urban setting, each year the Great Plains Nature Center provides outdoor recreation and educational opportunities to hundreds of thousands of visitors. The facility is a “one-of-a-kind” partnership that began in 1988. It serves as an outdoor education center for the City of Wichita, a regional office for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, and an administrative site for the Service. The Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center help visitors learn about the plants and animals of the Great Plains through live animal exhibits, dioramas depicting native flora and fauna, and nature trails leading to abundant wildlife viewing opportunities. Its education programs operate throughout the year, and a highlight of the Center is a massive 2,200-gallon aquarium offering close-up views of native fish.