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October 8, 2010

DNR director honored by Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

The director of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), John Frampton, was recently honored with the Seth Gordon Award during the annual meeting of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. The prestigious award has been conferred yearly since 1970 on individuals who have worked steadfastly and effectively for the best use of North American natural resources in the public trust and for their contributions to the Association.

John Frampton has been engaged nationally and with the Association, serving on a multitude of committees, subcommittees working groups and task forces, many of which he chaired or co-chaired to advance professional fish and wildlife management. He has been a member of two Presidential White House conferences on Conservation where he was the primary spokesperson for state fish and wildlife agencies. He is the Association’s 2009-2010 President and is currently serving as a board member on the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports and the federal Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council.

A significant focus throughout Frampton’s career has been the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. He has been an active member of the Atlantic Flyway Council for most of his career and represents the Council on the North American Waterfowl Management Plan Committee. He helped to establish and is a past chair of the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture and served on the North American Wetlands Conservation Council as a state technical staff member and helped develop the North American Bird Conservation initiative.

As a member of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative Steering Committee he has been equally engaged in developing conservation partnerships with non-governmental conservation and sporting organizations, the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife agencies and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

"What a year it has been [serving as AFWA President] and what an honor," said Frampton. "I can’t think of any other honor that could mean more to me, besides a few more grandchildren."

The award was established in honor of Seth Gordon who had one of the longest, continuous careers in fish and wildlife conservation in honor of his 50 years of service to the Association representing state agencies and as a member of Association staff.

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies—the organization that represents North America's fish and wildlife agencies—promotes sound management and conservation, and speaks with a collective voice on important fish and wildlife issues.

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