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Nebraskan receives national wetland conservation award

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Hod Kosman (far left) receives Ducks Unlimited national award from Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Chair James Stuart, Jr. (middle) and DU Director of Conservation Programs Steve Adair

FORT ROBINSON – Nov. 8, 2006 - Nebraska’s Hod Kosman has worked for 16 years to restore and protect wildlife habitat along the North Platte River. Recently, Ducks Unlimited (DU) recognized that effort with a national award.

Each year DU presents six wetland achievement awards to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to waterfowl and wetlands conservation. Nominations are received from across the nation, and recipients are chosen based on their conservation vision, leadership and the impact of their efforts. This year’s award in the private citizen category was presented to Kosman, of Scottsbluff, at an October Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners meeting in Fort Robinson.

“Hod’s love for natural landscapes and his efforts to make them accessible for the public’s enjoyment have been an inspiration to all of western Nebraska,” said Steve Adair, director of conservation programs for Ducks Unlimted’s Great Plains Regional Office.

Through Kosman’s leadership of Platte River Basin Environments, he has helped to establish four state wildlife management areas and one nature center at a state recreation area. Platte River Basin Environments has helped to protect and restore 2,850 acres of wetlands and 8,699 acres of uplands by working with over 24 different conservation partners including federal and state agencies, conservation organizations and local governments and businesses.

Kosman says his inspiration comes from a challenge by his late friend Clive Ostenberg to restore and protect habitat along the North Platte.

“Hod has put his passion for wetlands and other wild places to action by working tirelessly to conserve them and make them available for others to experience and enjoy,” Adair said.

“Hod respects the history of the land and the stewardship of past generations and works with landowners to find the best tools to preserve their habitat for future generations,” said James Stuart, Jr., chair of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “We are very pleased to see Hod’s efforts in western Nebraska recognized nationally, I can not think of a more deserving individual.”

With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands ­- nature’s most productive ecosystem - and continues to lose more than 80,000 wetland acres each year.

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