February 27, 2010

DNR Board chairman recognized for land protection efforts

The Pee Dee Land Trust recently presented Michael G. McShane, S.C. Natural Resources Board Chairman, with the William H. Chandler Stewardship Award, the organizations highest honor. McShane, of Charleston, received the award in Georgetown on February 20, 2010. 
McShane was chosen to receive the award for his dedication to preserving ecologically and historically important lands in the Pee Dee Region during his tenure with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which began in 2003.  Pee Dee Region land protection projects like the Marsh Furniture Tracts and Woodbury Tract, for example, were purchased by DNR during this time. 
The William H. Chandler Stewardship Award was established by the Pee Dee Land Trust in 2006 to recognize individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the stewardship of the natural, agricultural, and historical resources of the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina.  The Award has only been given only once before, to William H. (Bill) Chandler, posthumously, in 2007.
"We are proud to recognize Mike McShane as the second recipient of the William H. Chandler Stewardship Award," said Ben Zeigler, former Chairman of the Board of the Pee Dee Land Trust.  Zeigler, who worked with McShane on the Woodbury Tract project, is particularly appreciative of McShane's attention and dedication to the Pee Dee.  "Though Mike is from Charleston, and has been very active in Lowcountry conservation efforts, he is cognizant of the fact that conservation in South Carolina is inextricably intertwined among our varying regions.  By acknowledging the importance of the Pee Dee's natural resources and history, he is taking a strategic approach that benefits the entire state," Zeigler added.
Now entering its eleventh year of existence, the Pee Dee Land Trust has protected nearly 12,000 acres in eight Pee Dee counties. The Pee Dee Land Trust's mission is to protect, and to promote an appreciation of the significant natural, agricultural and historical resources that define the Pee Dee Region.

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