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Oct. 23, 2013

Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies recognizes DNR biologist

The 2013 Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) annual meeting was held mid-October in Oklahoma City, OK. S.C. Department of Natural Resources Chief of Wildlife Management, Tim Ivey, was awarded the title of Wildlife Biologist of the Year. SEAFWA presents the Wildlife Biologist of the Year award to a single person from the 17 member agencies at its annual meeting. It is the organization's most prestigious wildlife award.

At every stop along his career Tim has been instrumental in improving habitat conditions on public and private lands throughout South Carolina. At one point in his career he even wrote management prescriptions for national forest land. In his current role Tim has been the key person in getting the most out of the 1.1 million acre Wildlife Management Area (WMA) program in terms of habitat improvement and creating opportunities for people to hunt in South Carolina.

This award recognizes an individual for his/her accomplishments in wildlife biology and management over their lifetime. These accomplishments may have been made in management, education, research, administration, or in a combination of activities that over a lifetime have noticeably advanced the field of wildlife biology and management and enhanced wildlife conservation.

SEAFWA is an organization whose members are the state agencies with primary responsibility for management and protection of the fish and wildlife resources in 15 states, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. Member states are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. The organization does so by maintaining a variety of committees consisting of fish and wildlife professionals who explore and analyze a wide range of issues and factors affecting fish and wildlife resources and make recommendations as appropriate. SEAFWA also sponsors cooperative fish and wildlife programs among member states and other entities to address issues of mutual interest and to benefit fish and wildlife resources.

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