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October 2, 2007

Environmental Awareness Award nominations sought

Nominations will be accepted through December 15, 2007 for an award to recognize South Carolinians who are doing extraordinary work for the natural environment. Guidelines and nomination forms for the SC Environmental Awareness Award are available online or contact Braxton Davis at 843-953-0246.

The S.C. General Assembly established the S.C. Environmental Awareness Award, now in its 16th year, during the 1992 legislative session to recognize outstanding contributions made toward the protection, conservation and improvement of South Carolina’s natural resources.

Each year the public is invited to submit nominations that are then reviewed by an awards committee,Link to guidlines and forms which includes representatives from the state’s environmental and natural resource agencies.  In judging nominees, the committee considers excellence in innovation, leadership and accomplishments that influence positive changes affecting the natural environment.

Members of the awards committee represent the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, S.C. Forestry Commission and S.C. Sea Grant Consortium.

Rick Huffman, founder of the South Carolina Native Plant Society, won the 2006 S.C. Environmental Awareness Award. Mr. Huffman has devoted considerable time and energy to preserving and restoring native plant communities in South Carolina, and educating the public on the character and importance of native plant communities.

Previous award winners are:

2004 - John L. Knott, Jr., Noisette Company, North Charleston
2003 - Burris Family, Cypress Bay Plantation Tree Farm, Beaufort
2002 - Dr. Jack Turner, director, Watershed Ecology Center, University of South Carolina
2001 - James D. Elliott, Jr., founder, South Carolina Center for Birds of Prey 2000 - Dr. Dave Hargett, conservationist, Greenville
1999 - Kenneth Strickland, environmentalist, Florence
1998 - Yancey A. McLeod, Jr., environmental educator, Eastover
1997 - Brad Wyche, president, Friends of the Reedy River, Greenville
1996 - Beaufort County Clean Water Task Force
1995 - Dr. Whitfield Gibbons, senior research ecologist, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory
1994 - Marion Burnside, chairman, S.C. Department of Natural Resources
1993 - Dana Beach, S.C. Coastal Conservation League
1992 - Rudy Mancke, S.C. Educational Television

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.

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