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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Presents Conservation Award to The Conservation Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 6, 2002

Contact:
Elsie Davis, 404/679-7107

New Orleans, LA: In New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 6, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) Southeast Regional Director Sam D. Hamilton presented a Regional Director’s Conservation Award to The Conservation Fund, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Since its founding in 1985, the Fund, a nonprofit organization, has helped to safeguard wildlife habitat, greenways, and historic sites totaling over 3 million acres nationwide.

Regional Director’s Conservation Awards are given annually to people or organizations that are making extraordinary contributions to natural resources and their management in the Southeast, particularly those for which the Service has a responsibility. The award was presented during the Service's annual Southeast Project Leaders’ Meeting at the Hampton Inn and Suites on Convention Center Boulevard in New Orleans.

“As a symbol of The Conservation Fund’s value and esteem by the Fish and Wildlife Service, I am proud to present this Conservation Award,” said Hamilton. Accepting the award was Lawrence Selzer, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Conservation Fund.

In the Southeast Region, The Conservation Fund’s contributions include furnishing money and manpower to acquire and hold properties for eventual transfer to the Service. In Louisiana, The Fund has been able to acquire more than 20,000 acres on the Service’s behalf. In Florida, The Fund was able to purchase, on the Service’s behalf, nearly $14 million in coastal lands to preserve sea turtle nesting habitat and to provide a necessary buffer to the nation’s first national wildlife refuge. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, The Fund assisted the Service in expanding the home of the largest nesting population of leatherback sea turtles.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System that encompasses more than 540 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices, and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores national significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.





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