DVM, Avian and Small Animal Veterinary Hospital: Dr. Rivera-Guzmán
donates 200 to 300 hours of off-site consultation and more than
100 hours of on-site work every year for the Puerto Rican parrot
recovery program in Puerto Rico.
of the Everglades: The Society was instrumental in starting
the first of many annual Everglades Day festivals at the Arthur
R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Palm Beach County,
Florida. The Society also helped develop visitor service facilities
at the refuge, including the Native-American-designed and constructed
Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles at the Toronto Zoo: Mr. Johnson
has developed and implemented conservation efforts for the Puerto
Rico crested toad, a federally-listed, threatened species. His leadership
has resulted in the release of more than 100,000 captive tadpoles
and froglets originating from 20 zoos and aquariums.
E.I. du Pont
de Nemours and Company, Inc., DuPont Land Legacy Program:
The DuPont Land Legacy Program donated about 16,000 acres to The
Conservation Fund, some of which will become part of the Okefenokee
National Wildlife Refuge in Folkston, Georgia. DuPont also retired
all mineral rights to these lands and donated $100,000 for the Okefenokee
Educational and Research Center.
Senior Trial Attorney, Department of Justice, and the Lake Apopka
Investigation and Prosecution Team: Ms. Colbourn and the Lake Apopka
Investigation Prosecution Team received both a Regional Director’s
Conservation Award and a Regional Director’s Honor Award for
their successful investigation into the Lake Apopka bird die-off
in central Florida. More than a thousand protected birds died as
a result of a publically funded water restoration project that allowed
banned pesticides to wash into the environment and enter into the
wildlife food chain. As a result of the team’s efforts, the
St. Johns Water Management District must comply with the Endangered
Species Act and make restitution.
Executive Director, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:
Mr. Haddad has been influential in forging and enhancing the partnership
between the Service and the Commission to work on the State’s
conservation issues, especially in the Everglades and in pursuing
common manatee protection standards.
Lake Worth Drainage
District: The District is located along the eastern boundary
of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in
Palm Beach County, Florida. District staff has assisted the refuge
in several ways by helping to replace a defunct water control structure,
getting the refuge entrance road, a County road, resurfaced, spraying
exotic vegetation in canals, and mowing refuge levees in impoundments.
Fish and Wildlife Society, Southeast Region: The Society
initiated planned, organized, and held summer youth practicums in
natural resource conservation for Native American high school students.
farmer: Mr. Zaunbrecher has used his own labor and funds to repair
pumps, drainage systems, and irrigation canals at Lacassine National
Wildlife Refuge near Lake Arthur, Louisiana. Every year, he also
assists refuge staff with pumping water into waterfowl impoundments
so youth and senior hunters will have a special place to hunt.
and Gaston Hydropower Settlement Team: The Team gathered
information and negotiated a settlement agreement for the Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing of the Roanoke Rapids and
Gaston Dam Hydroelectric projects that serve to restore and protect
the Roanoke River ecosystem. Under the agreement, flows are managed
to benefit aquatic and terrestrial habitats, including the floodplain
portion of Roanoke National Wildlife Refuge in Windsor, North Carolina.
It also provides restoration measured for several fish species and
fish passage for the American shad and the American eel.
The Nature Conservancy
of Alabama: Through partnering, the Nature Conservancy
of Alabama has protected more than 80,000 acres of habitat in Alabama.
The Conservancy was instrumental in establishing and acquiring the
Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge near West Blocton, Alabama
and the Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge in Fort McClellan,
Resource Conservation and Development Council: The Council
has assisted the Service’s Panama City, Florida, Fisheries
Resource Office when it needed technical assistance to develop stream
restoration design criteria and pre-project biological monitoring.
The Council now serves as a central clearinghouse for stream restoration
in the Florida panhandle.
Chief of Fisheries, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency: Mr. Reeves
has served as chairperson of the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership
since 2001. This partnership is comprised of 14 Southeastern states,
The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, the South Atlantic
States Fishery Management Council, the National Marine Fisheries
Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Partnership’s
success has influenced the development of a National Aquatic Habitat
Plan being pursued the Service and supported by the International
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.