DU Conservation Biologist Kirby Brown was the eighth recipient of the USA Rice Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award. He is the third DU-associated person (along with George Dunklin and Scott Manley) to receive this honor, demonstrating DU’s commitment to Rice Stewardship and the industry’s recognition of our efforts.
Leo LaGrande, California rice farmer and chairman of the USA Rice Farmers Conservation Committee, said, "Kirby came to DU in 2012 to help address resource concerns related to water for rice agriculture, habitat for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife, and inflows for coastal estuaries in Texas. He did so during a multi-year drought of record and in the face of rapid and unprecedented population growth. Kirby's contributions to the rice industry's conservation efforts have benefited natural resources and wildlife, and have also spurred growth and in turn a sense of well-being in our local, state, and national communities."
Before coming to DU, Brown also had distinguished careers at both the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Wildlife Association. LaGrande added, "Kirby has devoted his several careers to addressing conservation concerns with common-sense, partner-focused, win-win solutions."