FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 5, 2002
Cline was selected to compete in the national contest after winning Best-of-Show in the Georgia contest held April 3, 2002. Cline’s entry, a striking image of a pair of Canada Geese created with colored pencils, was selected from more than 750 original entries from across Georgia. Her conservation message is “During this time of drought, if we do not protect our water resources, the habitat will be destroyed.” Candice was “very surprised and happy” when she found out about winning the state contest. She has been taking art for two years and is working toward an International Baccalaureate degree. Her teacher, Ms. Dee Boggus, is an illustrator and has been teaching art for 23 years.
At her high school award ceremony for Woodland High School held May 21, 2002, Cline received a Best-of-Show ribbon, Best-of-Show certificate, and a check for $200 from Georgia Power Company. She also received a green-winged teal decoy created by Ernie Mills (renown decoy carver), a duck hunting trip sponsored by Georgia Waterfowl Association, a Junior Duck Stamp T-shirt from Jaxco Industries, and a VIP tour of a Georgia National Wildlife Refuge of her choice.
There are five National Wildlife Refuges in Georgia: Okefenokee in southeast Georgia near Folkston, Piedmont and Bond Swamp in central Geogia near Macon, Eufala on the Alabama border, and Savannah Coastal Refuges, a complex of islands on Georgia’s coast. Candice indicated she would like to visit Savannah National Wildlife Refuge to see the hundreds of ducks that pass through during their fall migration.
The public may view the 100 Georgia contest winners original artwork, and a copy of Cline’s winning piece on exhibit at various locations throughout Georgia in 2002-2003. To obtain a copy of the tour sites, call 706-613-9493 ext.24 (Editor’s note: A list of art exhibit locations and dates are below).
The 2002 Georgia contest was sponsored by the Georgia Power Company. Additional contributors include the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forest Resources, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Waterfowl Association, Georgia Wildlife Federation, Jaxco Industries, Quality Deer Management Association, Ernie Mills Decoys, Blooms of Holland, Quizno’s Subs, and Blimpie of Beechwood.
Authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1994, the Junior Duck Stamp competition is modeled after the Federal Duck Stamp, which has been sold since 1934 to raise money to protect wetlands and waterfowl habitat. The purpose of the Junior Duck Stamp contest is to promote conservation of wetlands and waterfowl habitat through arts education. Children and youth from Kindergarten through 12th grade in public, private, or home school are eligible to submit an original drawing or painting of North American ducks, geese or swans to the Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest.
The image of the national winning entry becomes the Federal Junior Duck Stamp, which is sold by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stamp collectors and conservationists. This year’s national stamp will portray a pair of mallards painted in acrylics by 18-year-old Nathan Closson from Whitefish, Montana and can be viewed at http://duckstamps.fws.gov. The 2002 stamp may be purchased later this year for $5 by calling 1-800-STAMP-2-4 or by visiting the U.S. Postal Service web site at www.USPS.com.
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 which encompasses more than 535 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 nationally 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.
Editor’s Note: A black and white or a color image of Cline’s entry is available electronically. For more information about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visit our home page at http://southeast.fws.gov
Georgia Jr. Duck Stamp Tour
Dear Jr. Duck Stamp Artists, Teachers, Parents, Sponsors, and Judges:
The Fish and Wildlife Service will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System in 2003. We hope that you will have a chance this next year to visit one of our 535 Refuges around the country or one of our four refuges in Georgia. To find out more information, visit our web site at www.fws.gov.
We are proud to present the 2002-03 Art in Action Tour. Listed below are the display locations, phone numbers and any available web sites. We recommend calling ahead or checking the location’s web page to make sure the art is on display at the time you want to visit.
You can view the national winners on the Internet at http://duckstamps.fws.gov. If you have any questions about the Art in Action Tour or the Jr. Duck Stamp Art Contest, please contact:
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Atlanta, GA 30345
Phone: 404/679-7289 Fax: 404/679-7286