FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2002
New Orleans, LA: In New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 5, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) Southeast Regional Director Sam D. Hamilton presented a Regional Director’s Partnership Award to Gary Myers, Director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, headquartered in Nashville.
Regional Director’s Partnership Awards are presented 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 given during the Service’s annual Southeast Project Leaders’ Meeting at the Hampton Inn and Suites on Convention Center Boulevard in New Orleans.
“Gary serves as the role model for successful resource partnerships which result in significant accomplishments for fish and wildlife resources,” said Hamilton. “It is a pleasure to recognize Gary as a partner, advocate, and friend of the Service with this Partnership Award.”
Myers holds the distinction of having the longest tenure as a Director of a state fish and wildlife agency. An advocate for migratory birds, Myers helped pass the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. He is actively involved in the Partners In Flight Program and the North American Bird Conservation Initiative. Myers’ involvement in the Service’s Comprehensive Planning Process in Tennessee has expanded the project’s scope from 55,000 acres of refuge lands to over 6 million acres of state, federal, and private lands in western Tennessee. This resulted in the publication of the West Tennessee Wildlife Resources Conservation Plan and the development of resource goals and objectives that serve as the biological foundation for Refuge Comprehensive Planning in western Tennessee.
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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