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For more than a half-century, Tennessee Wildlife Federation has recognized Tennesseans leading conservation in the state
Nashville, TN Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest nonprofits dedicated to the conservation of Tennessee’s wildlife and natural resources, recently hosted its 53rd Annual Conservation Achievement Awards.
The ceremony was held in Nashville and presented 16 awards to recipients from all corners of the state, including Clarksville’s Dr. Dwayne Estes. Estes is a professor of biology at Austin Peay State University (APSU).
“Tennessee is the most biologically diverse inland state in the nation and we have a long and rich outdoor heritage in our state. No one organization or person can conserve it own their own,” said Michael Butler, CEO of Tennessee Wildlife Federation.
“When our organization was just 20 years old, we started these awards to celebrate those making a meaningful difference to Tennessee’s natural resources. Even after fifty-plus years and more than 600 award winners, we are inspired by the work of this year’s honorees,” Butler stated.
Conservationist of the Year
Dr. Dwayne Estes of Clarksville, Tennessee with work spanning the state
In the past several years he has helped secure more than $1 million dollars in funding, including grants from the National Science Foundation. In addition to that role, Estes serves as a full professor of biology at Austin Peay State University, principal investigator for the Center of Excellence for Field Biology, and Curator of the Austin Peay herbarium, a plant museum with 120,000 specimens.
J. Clark Akers, III Award
Andrea Waitt Carlton of Nashville, Tennessee with work spanning the state
Since that time, the Andrea Waitt Carlton Family Foundation’s grants have provided the support Tennessee Wildlife Federation needed to propel the organization to where it is now, greatly expanding its program offerings, strategic capabilities, and staff capacity—and leveraging those enhanced offerings to ensure the Federation has strong footing moving forward.
Nicole Wood of Bonne Terre, Mo.
Wood has helped the Tennessee Wildlife Federation effectively package and share programs and initiatives with other affiliates, grow the organization, and impart the true meaning of conservation.
Forest Conservationist of the Year
Tennessee Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation based in Chattanooga, Tennessee with work spanning the state
“Tennessee Wildlife Federation is proud to honor the tireless work of our award winners as examples for others to follow,” said Butler.
The ceremony was emceed by WSM and Grand Ole Opry personality, Bill Cody. Cody presented each award, which span from Youth Conservationist and Conservation Educator to Land Conservationist and the lifetime achievement Z. Cartter Patten Award.
The event was sponsored by Bridgestone, BDY Natural Sciences Consultants, and National Wildlife Federation.
The honorees of the 53rd Annual Conservation Achievement Awards are as follows.
About Tennessee Wildlife Federation
Tennessee Wildlife Federation leads the conservation, sound management and wise use of Tennessee’s great outdoors. Since 1946, the Federation has led the development of the state’s wildlife policy, advanced landmark legislation on air and water quality and other conservation initiatives, helped restore numerous species, and introduced thousands of kids to the great outdoors.
To learn more, visit tnwf.org
TopicsAPSU, APSU Center of Excellence for Field biology, Austin Peay State University, Chattanooga TN, Clarksville TN, Dwayne Estes, Grand Ole Opry, Iowa, Nashville TN, Tennessee, Tennessee Wildlife Federation
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