FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Vicki M. Boatwright or May 24, 1995 Diana M. Hawkins FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE AWARDS GO TO THREE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR
A Louisiana landowner, a retired South Carolina resort developer, and a well-known journalist and outdoor writer were honored today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their contributions to fish and wildlife conservation. The awards were presented during a ceremony at Zoo Atlanta before a crowd of more than 250 Zoo and Service employees, leaders of State fish and wildlife agencies, local civic leaders and conservation group members.
The Service's Southeast Regional Director Noreen K. Clough presented Deltic Farm and Timber Co., Inc., of Delhi, Louisiana, with the 1994 Southeast Regional Wetlands Conservation Award and named Joe Carter, of Charleston, South Carolina, as the 1994 national individual winner of this award. These awards recognize outstanding private-sector contributions toward the conservation of wetlands. Clough also presented Bill Schulz, an Associated Press outdoor writer, with the Service Citizen's Award--a commendation given to private individuals or organizations whose contributions have benefitted the Service's programs, services, or operations.
Deltic Farm and Timber Company's General Manager-Farm Division William Lambert accepted his company's award for its dedication to the conservation of wetland habitat for the threatened Louisiana black bear and for thousands of waterfowl, shorebirds, marsh and wading birds and neotropical migrants that dwell in the bottomland hardwoods of the Lower Mississippi Valley.
Clough noted that in addition to developing a highly productive farming and land management operation that is a model for farmers in the Lower Mississippi Valley, Deltic Farm and Timber Company has also demonstrated that economic development and natural resource management are compatible.
When presenting Associated Press journalist Bill Schulz with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Citizen's Award, Clough said that Schulz, through his nationally syndicated outdoor column, has been a lively and informative voice on behalf of wildlife conservation issues for more than 20 years. She added that Schulz' accurate, fair and eminently readable coverage of complex natural resource issues has helped the Service accomplish its stewardship mission.
Schulz' reporting assisted the Service during the waterfowl population crisis of the mid-1980s, when he helped explain to the public what was happening to waterfowl populations and reported the Service's rationale for reducing bag limits and taking other measures to conserve ducks. Clough also noted that Schulz chronicled the birth and growth of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan and explained the plan's goals and accomplishments. The plan is a cooperative program jointly ascribed to by the United States, Canada and Mexico to increase waterfowl and other migratory bird populations throughout North America by means of restoration and protection of wetlands. Schulz' coverage proved critical to obtaining public understanding and support for conservation measures urgently needed to help declining waterfowl species, Clough said.
Clough presented Joe Carter, recipient of the National Wetlands Conservation Award, with an official notification of the award, while noting that Service Director Mollie Beattie will formally present the national award to Carter at a June 30, 1995, ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Carter's contributions to wetlands conservation came while he served for 3 years (1992-1994) as chairman of the Winyah Bay Focus Area Task Force. The task force, a voluntary partnership of State and Federal agencies, conservation groups and private landowners, is committed to the long-term protection of the 525,000-acre Winyah Bay through voluntary conservation easements and management. His success in the venture is due largely to his prowess as a facilitator and his outstanding coordination skills in bringing all the parties to the table and forging a consensus. The task force was formed under the umbrella of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.
Carter's wetlands conservation efforts are a shining example of how one person's ingenuity and willingness to give of themselves is making a difference with respect to the future of natural resources.
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