For 53 years, the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, with the approval of the Governor of North Carolina, presents 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.
Approximately 20 North Carolina leaders have inspired others to take an active role in wildlife conservation, habitat protection and connecting people to nature. One of these award winners is Tom Berry, 2016 Land Conservationist of the Year.
Berry, Chair of the Land Use Committee for the Wildlife Resources Commission, has helped elk habitat expansion and waterfowl impoundments in North Carolina. Since 2013, more than 12,000 acres valued at over $60 million have been protected by fee purchase or landowner cooperative agreements. When he is not acting as the chair, Berry manages a 400-acre farm in Caswell County.
Congratulations to Tom Berry, and all the 2016 winners! Enjoy more photos from the evening (below):
About the North Carolina Wildlife Federation
The North Carolina Wildlife Federation first presented its conservation awards in 1958. These prestigious awards are a long-standing effort to honor individuals, governmental bodies, organizations, and others who have exhibited an unwavering commitment to conservation in North Carolina. These are the highest natural resource honors given in the state. By recognizing, publicizing, and honoring these conservation leaders—young and old, professional and volunteer—the North Carolina Wildlife Federation hopes to inspire all North Carolinians to take a more active role in protecting the natural resources of our state.
Awards winners are nominated by the citizens of North Carolina and decided upon by a committee of scientists, environmental educators, and conservation activists.