Partners in Conservation Awards
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar awarded prestigious Partners in Conservation Awards to the Friends of Nevada Wilderness and the Camp Lawton Partnership Team in Georgia, both working closely with the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Celebrating their 27th anniversary, Friends of Nevada Wilderness is dedicated to preserving Nevada’s wildlife heritage. The Friends includes diverse partners, such as business and scouting organizations, faith-based and service organizations. More than three million across of wilderness have been designated across Nevada. The Friends also actively support Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge.
The Camp Lawton Partnership Team began as an attempt to determine the exact location of the Camp Lawton civil war prison on land now occupied by the Bo Ginn National Fish Hatchery and Magnolia Springs State Park in Georgia.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regional archeologist Rick Kanaski, who works primarily on refuges, is part of the multi-agency team that planned the prison camp site’s long-term management. Refuge System law enforcement officers are also helping to secure the historic site against looting and vandalism. The Camp Lawton Partnership Team works closely with area schools and at conferences focused on history, education and tourism. Images of the Camp Lawton artifacts are on a Web site managed by Georgia Southern University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology, another partner on the team along with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.