SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) - The Salisbury-based Three Rivers Land Trust, formerly the LandTrust for Central North Carolina, has been named Land Conservationist of the Year by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation as part of its 56th Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards.
Three Rivers Land Trust was established in 1995. The organization has protected over 26,000 acres through projects in Anson, Cabarrus, Davidson, Davie, Iredell, Montgomery, Randolph, Richmond, Rowan and Stanly counties.
“As a reputable and dynamic land conservation organization, Three Rivers Land Trust has conserved thousands of acres of land for the benefit of wildlife, habitat protection, water quality, cultural significance, and the public,” read a press release. “Not only does the land trust raise funds to protect lands for ecological purposes, but this organization values and implements unique ways to connect the public with natural resources, such as through its Sportsman Access Program.”
This year’s winners are exceedingly notable conservation devotees who work for wildlife, habitat, and those who cherish natural resources. They are land stewardship champions, water advocates, and leaders in the preservation of unique ecosystems.
The award winners include agency professionals, elected officials, dedicated volunteers and organizations rising to the challenge. The North Carolina Wildlife Federation first presented its conservation awards in 1958.
“Each year we are amazed at the commitment and creativity of North Carolina citizens in protecting wildlife and wild places,” stated T. Edward Nickens, NCWF Awards Committee Chair. “Many of our award winners tell us their Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award represents the high point of their career, whether they are full-time scientists or full-time volunteer conservationists.”
These prestigious awards 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.
Award winners are nominated by the citizens of North Carolina and decided upon by a committee of scientists, environmental educators, and conservation activists.
“This awards program brings together a remarkably diverse group of conservationists to highlight the good news about wildlife conservation in North Carolina,” said Nickens. “Our primary focus is to applaud and honor these people who work so hard for wildlife and the air, water, land, that they and all of us depend on."
Award winners including the wildlife enforcement and marine patrol officers of the year will be honored at a banquet to be held September 7 in Cary, N.C.