L-R: Curtis Taylor, AFWA President 2010-2011; Chief Wildlife Resources Section, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Rebecca Humphries, DU Director of Operations for GLARO
Corky Pugh, AFWA President 2007-2008; Director Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
© AFWA / Photographer: Doug Carroll, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
Rebecca Humphries, Ducks Unlimited's Director of Operations for the Great Lakes and Atlantic region, is the 2011 recipient of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies' Seth Gordon Award. The award is the association's highest honor, conferred on administrators who have worked steadfastly and effectively for the best use of North American natural resources in the public trust and for contributions to the programs of the Association.
"Rebecca is a tireless advocate for conservation, and she readily faces the challenges of protecting and conserving our natural resources," said Corky Pugh, former AFWA president and current director of the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. "She's a nationally recognized expert in fish and wildlife health planning and has been instrumental in improving the partnership between state agencies and the hunting and shooting sports community."
Prior to joining Ducks Unlimited in 2011, Humphries served as the director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. Under her guidance the department focused on increasing access and improving efficiency to maximize recreational opportunities. A skilled consensus builder, Humphries built partnerships to deliver not only land, but also on recruiting and retaining hunters and anglers.
"Becky is exactly the sort of person the Seth Gordon award was meant to recognize – professional, partner-oriented and conservation-driven," said Dale Hall, CEO of Ducks Unlimited. "We're extremely lucky she's spending the next phase of her career in conservation with Ducks Unlimited."
Humphries is director of the 21-state Great Lakes and Atlantic region of Ducks Unlimited, managing conservation delivery, public policy and research. Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest wetland conservation organization.
"It's really a great honor to receive this award," said Humphries. "I just hope everyone knows that's not my ‘lifetime achievement.' There are so many challenges in conservation we have to address, from funding to access. Ducks Unlimited is the sort of organization that can have a real impact on the landscape and I hope to be a big part of that."
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 on important fish and wildlife issues. Found on the web at www.fishwildlife.org