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Feb. 27, 2014

DNR biologist recognized as Conservationist of the Year by South Carolina Wildlife Federation

Longtime S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologist Bob Perry was recognized by the South Carolina Wildlife Federation as Conservationist of the Year at a banquet on Feb. 21 at the State Farmers Market.

"I am tremendously humbled to be honored by such an award, but it's not possible without the great team of professionals at DNR," said Perry. "And that also extends to the partnerships that we have with such companies as Duke Energy, SCE&G, BMW, Boeing and the Haile Gold Mine. We rely on their commitment to environmental sustainability practices and stewardship of natural resources."Bob Perry

Bob Perry has worked as a DNR biologist for 36 years. During much of this time, Bob had responsibility for maintaining and managing coastal wetlands where agency emphasis is directed toward meeting the requirements for wintering and migrating waterfowl and other wetland dependent wildlife. While living on the coast, Bob also served as the coordinator for the Winyah Bay Focus Area Project, a partnership landscape conservation initiative identifying and protecting over 150,000 acres of critical habitats ensuring continued biological diversity in the rapidly developing upper coastal region of South Carolina. Lately Bob has worked tirelessly with agency staff, Haile Gold Mine and others to develop a mitigation plan to reduce environmental damage from the proposed re-opening of the gold mine in Lancaster County. The plan will provide permanent protection for the Rainbow Ranch Tract in Lancaster County and the Cooks Mountain and Goodwill Plantation tracts featuring some of the most significant wetland properties in South Carolina.

The South Carolina Wildlife Federation promotes effective habitat conservation and respect for outdoor traditions through statewide leadership, education, advocacy and partnerships. The Federation was formed in 1931, when a handful of sportsmen crisscrossed the state to recruit fellow outdoor enthusiasts. More about the Federation at: .


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