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Conservationist of the Year Dave Pace
Professional Conservationist of the Year Dave Pace, center, with CFM President Mike Schallon, left, and Bass Pro Shops' Martin McDonald.

Conservation Federation names 2012 Conservationists of the Year

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 02, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY–The Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) has named eight Missourians as its 2012 Conservationists of the Year. Each is living proof of how deeply Missourians care about conservation.

Conservationist of the Year Dave Pace, Salem, is chairman of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) and a former RMEF regional director. In presenting the award, CFM President Mike Schallon noted Pace’s tireless efforts to promote Missouri’s elk-restoration program among landowners, legislators and communities around the elk-restoration zone and with conservation and agriculture groups statewide.

Keith Hannaman, Blue Springs, received the Conservation Educator of the Year Award for his work establishing an outdoor classroom for Blue Springs South School and for his involvement in state, national and international conservation education efforts.

Freelance writer Steve Jones, Sullivan, received the Conservation Communicator of the Year Award for three decades of courageously fighting for conservation causes.

Private landowner Frank Oberle, Novinger, received the Wildlife Conservationist of the Year Award for his contributions to prairie conservation. He was instrumental in bringing the North American Prairie Conference to Kirksville in 2000 and helped strengthen the Grow Native! Program.

Wayne Lovelace, Elsberry, received the Forest Conservationist of the Year Award. Lovelace is president and CEO of Forrest-Keeling Nursery. He has led several forestry organizations, and his development of the root-production method for growing tree seedlings has contributed significantly to restoration of bottomland hardwood forests.

Missouri State Senator Kevin Engler, Farmington, and State Representative Steven Tilley, Perryville, shared the Conservation Legislator of the Year Award. Both were cited for their commitment to enhancing and protecting natural resources and Missouri’s unique system of conservation governance.

Professional Conservationist of the Year Elsa Gallagher, Excello, began her career with the Missouri Department of Conservation, where she specialized in quail management, working tirelessly to promote early-successional habitat with private landowners and government agencies. She currently is a regional biologist for Quail Forever and is active in numerous youth and women’s hunting events.

CFM is a broad-based citizen conservation group representing more than 100,000 individuals and 80 affiliate groups from hunters and anglers to birdwatchers. Anyone can nominate candidates for a Conservationist of the Year Award. For more information, call 573-634-2322 or visit www.confedmo.org/.

-Jim Low-

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 Professional Conservationist of the Year Elsa Gallagher,
Elsa Gallagher, Professional Conservationist of the Year
Professional Conservationist of the Year Elsa Gallagher, center, with CFM President Mike Schallon, left, and Bass Pro Shops' Martin McDonald.

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Conservation Legislator of the Year Senator Kevin Engler
State Senator Kevin Engler, Conservation Legislator of the Year
Conservation Legislator of the Year Sen. Kevin Engler, center, with CFM President Mike Schallon, left, and Bass Pro Shops' Martin McDonald.

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Forest Conservationist of the Year Wayne Lovelace
Wayne Lovelace, Forest Conservationist of the Year
Forest Conservationist of the Year Wayne Lovelace, center, with CFM President Mike Schallon, left, and Bass Pro Shops' Martin McDonald.

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Wildlife Conservationist of the Year Frank Oberle
Frank Oberle, Wildlife Conservationist of the Year
Wildlife Conservationst of the Year Frank Oberle, center, with CFM President Mike Schallon, left, and Bass Pro Shops' Martin McDonald.

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Steve Jones
Communicator of the Year Mike Jones, center, with CFM President Mike Schallon, left, and Bass Pro Shops Conservation Director Martin McDonald.

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Keith Hannaman, left, receives the Conservation Educator of the Year Award
Conservation Educator of the Year Keith Hannaman
Communicator of the Year Keith Hannaman, left, with CFM President Mike Schallon, center, and Bass Pro Shops Conservation Director Martin McDonald.

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