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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards Conservation Partners



May 2, 2006

Tom MacKenzie, 404/679-7291


Sam D. Hamilton, Southeast Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, presents his Regional Director’s Conservation Awards. These awards are presented to individuals, government agencies, businesses, and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to wildlife and natural resource preservation.


  • Jack Elrod, Atlanta, Georgia, writer and illustrator of the syndicated Mark Trail comic strip;
  • Folkston, Georgia City Council for the establishment of the Okefenokee Education and Research Center at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge;
  • Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, for contributions such as the reintroduction and cultivation of the seabeach amaranth plant, federally listed as threatened;
  • Arthur R. Marshall Foundation, Boynton Beach, Florida, for their support of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge including the restoration of cypress habitat;
  • Dennis Duke, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville, Florida, who is responsible for the south Florida restoration plan;
  • Lieutenant Mike Bloxom, Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Montgomery: State case agent in joint undercover Operation Snapper investigating illegal trade in wild-caught freshwater turtles;
  • Sona Chambers, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia, Fundraiser who led effort to raise $700,000 toward construction of a $4 million aviary for the endangered Puerto Rican parrot;
  • Gary and Sherri Brandon: Conway, Arkansas landowners who donated lands to conserve the threatened Ozark cavefish and endangered gray bat.
  • Additional awards to Fish and Wildlife Service employees throughout the Southeast.


Monday, May 8, 1 p.m.


Century Ballroom
Atlanta Marriott Century Center
2000 Century Boulevard (Century Center Office Park)
Atlanta, Georgia 30345

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