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2007 Conservation Award Winner Bios

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Click here to view the entire press release regarding the 2007 Conservation Achievement Award.

Federal Representative- Senator Blanche Lambert Lincoln

Senator Blanche Lincoln, senior senator for Arkansas, made history when she was the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate in 1998. She’s a great leader for issues impacting waterfowl and conservation. She is a member of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission where she helps administer funds raised from the Federal Duck Stamp, approves national wildlife refuge land purchases and is involved in approving North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants. Lincoln’s Senate career shows her strong support for protecting and restoring migratory bird habitat as a co-sponsor of NAWCA appropriations letters, and her diligent support to fight for funding for the nation's number one wetlands restoration program - the Wetlands Reserve Program. Senator Lincoln, her husband and their twin boys are all active waterfowlers. She is a longtime loyal friend of wetlands habitat conservation and the Ducks Unlimited mission and is a regular attendee of the DU Federal City Chapter annual dinner in Washington, D.C.

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Federal Agency (United States)– David Roy Anderson

David R. Anderson serves as associate director of the Office of Management and Budget for Natural Resources Programs. He and his staff are the final adjudicators of the president’s budget recommendations in the areas like Agriculture and Interior department funding. After the budget is sent to Congress, Anderson and his staff then support it on Capitol Hill and elsewhere. David is a strong career friend to waterfowl. The largest budget requests for both the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) have come under his leadership, including the only requests for the maximum 250,000-acre annual allocation for WRP. In his prior position at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, he worked to get the Conservation Reserve Program to provide special focus on the Prairie Pothole Region. Few people have made more of a difference for waterfowl during this Administration. 

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State / Provincial – Steve Gray

Steve Gray has led the Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODOW) as its chief since 2003. Before that, he was assistant chief for 12 years. He is the architect of a great partner coalition in wetlands and waterfowl programs through his tireless work with legislators to maintain and increase funding for wetlands conservation in Ohio. He is a staunch supporter of North American Waterfowl Management Program, NAWCA, and DU’s habitat conservation efforts in Canada. Ohio has contributed more than $2.75 million to waterfowl habitat conservation in Canada. During Steve’s tenure, the ODOW has conserved more than 25,000 acres of wetlands, including major projects at Pickerel Creek, Big Island and Mosquito Creek wildlife areas. He has encouraged ODOW staff to work more closely with local National Wildlife Refuges. This cooperation has allowed state and federal wetlands to be managed in a coordinated manner. During Steve’s tenure on the Mississippi Flyway Council, he contributed greatly to the conservation of Southern James Bay Canada Geese (SJBP). In 2003, Steve initiated the ODOW/DU Partnership Hunt, which unites ODOW and DU staff and supporters. His 31 years with ODOW has ensured that Ohio will continue as a national leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation.

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Research / Technical – Richard A. Malecki

Dr. Rich Malecki is assistant leader for wildlife in the NY Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Cornell University. The University of Missouri awarded him a Ph.D. in 1977. He is best known for his long-term involvement in Canada goose research and management. For example, he was instrumental in developing aerial survey techniques for Arctic nesting geese and changed the way goose populations are monitored and managed. As part of his work on Atlantic Flyway Canada geese, he conducted one of the largest mark-recapture studies ever. With support from DU, he used satellite transmitters to track Atlantic Flyway Canada geese to their staging areas and breeding grounds, providing key management information that contributed to the population’s restoration. Satellite tracking is now a common tool in waterfowl research and management. A team led by Rich developed biological control methods for purple loosestrife that resulted in widespread improvements in wetland habitat. He has published more than 80 technical reports and peer-reviewed papers, and given several hundred reports at scientific and management forums. Rich continues as one of the most productive and influential leaders in waterfowl and wetlands conservation. 

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Conservation/Private Citizen – David M. Richard

David Richard is executive vice president of Stream Property Management, Inc. (Stream) in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Prior to joining Stream in 1991, David spent 16 years as a biologist with the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries where he refined coastal wetlands management techniques and promoted active wetland and waterfowl management. David is a strong voice for wetlands conservation throughout coastal Louisiana. He helped raise awareness of his state’s vanishing marshes, and promotes and practices good stewardship. After hurricanes Rita and Katrina, he testified to the Senate regarding wetland losses, and he routinely hosts political leaders to see the damage and need for restoration. He oversees management of more than 150,000 acres of wetlands. When he took over, many of these wetlands were in jeopardy. David proposed and saw to the completion of Coastal Wetlands Planning and Protection Act projects that now protect some of the highest quality freshwater marshes in Louisiana. David and Stream also partnered with DU to enhance more than 15,000 acres of coastal wetlands. He has a land management philosophy that reminds us that we are short-term users of the land, but our long-term goal must leave the land in better condition.

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Communications Douglas B. Inkley

Dr. Doug Inkley is senior science advisor for the National Wildlife Federation. He has done extensive communications and outreach on global climate change, especially on how it will impact wetlands, waterfowl and waterfowl hunting. His work has solidified the base of information and brought greater attention to this serious problem, especially with the publication of the report “The Waterfowler’s Guide to Global Warming.” He has mobilized fish and wildlife professionals and helped DU provide well founded, science-based information to our members. As NWF’s lead climate change scientist, he helped design a national poll of hunters/anglers on climate change and the release of its results. He chaired the The Wildlife Society’s Global Climate Change and Wildlife in North America committee, which produced a widely publicized report. He has addressed many hunting/fishing audiences on climate change, including the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Doug also brought together the coalition that filed the amicus brief in the recent Supreme Court case on the Clean Water Act. Doug was the originator of that effort. His leadership catalyzes many of us into action and will provide significant benefits in the future.

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