For fifty years, the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, with the approval of the Governor of North Carolina, has presented its conservation awards. We were proud to sponsor these prestigious honors for individuals, agencies and authorities who have proven their commitment to preserving land legacies and conservation in North Carolina.
With ages ranging from high school students to retired educators, twenty North Carolina leaders have inspired others to take an active role in wildlife conservation, habitat protection and connecting people to nature. Congratulations to all the recipients!
We’d like to especially congratulate the Land Conservationist of the Year, Tim Sweeney, who designated the Box Creek Wilderness in McDowell and Rutherford counties. Thanks to Tim, this area protects critical wildlife corridors for imperiled species.
To watch video of the award, click below:
Acceptance Speech, “dream come true:” Part One
Acceptance Speech, importance of conservation: Part Two
Enjoy more photos from the evening below: