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Nominations open until June 27 for 2014 Wetland Warrior Award

Jun 23, 2014

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is still seeking nominations for the 2014 Delaware Wetland Warrior Award to recognize exemplary efforts to protect wetlands and the critical services they provide to all Delawareans.

The Wetland Warrior Award is presented annually to a citizen, organization, business or other group that has demonstrated outstanding efforts to benefit Delaware wetlands through outreach and education, monitoring and assessment, or restoration and protection. The award will be presented on Governor’s Day, Thursday, July 24, at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington.

Information on submitting a nomination, as well as more information on past recipients, can be found at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/Admin/DelawareWetlands/Pages/WetlandWarriors.aspx.

Nominations must be submitted by Friday, June 27.

The 2013 Wetland Warrior, Terry Higgins, Wesley College professor emeritus, was chosen for a lifetime dedicated to restoring and protecting wetlands. He inspired his students to be environmental stewards, both in class and through the school’s environmental club. After retiring, he served as Kent County’s volunteer coordinator for DNREC's Adopt-A-Wetland Program, and, working with his family, preserved a 10-acre forested wetland site in the Choptank River watershed.

Other past recipients have included: Clif Bakhsh, Ducks Unlimited; David Carter, DNREC’s Delaware Coastal Programs; Wayne Lehman, DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife regional wildlife manager; Sussex farmers Mark and Charles Workman; Peter Martin, Delaware Wild Lands; Al Rizzo, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and Indian River School District’s Outdoor Education Center.

For more information on the Wetland Warrior program, contact wetland outreach specialist Maggie Pletta at 302-739-9939 or Margaret.Pletta@state.de.us. For more information on wetlands, visit http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/Admin/DelawareWetlands/Pages/default.aspx.

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