JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation (MCHF) recently presented special awards to several organizations that have partnered with MDC to support Missouri conservation. The partnership awards were presented at the fourth annual National Lewis & Clark Conservation Awards ceremony on Oct. 3 at the Bass Pro Shops in Columbia.
“We greatly appreciate our many conservation partners – especially those we are honoring through these partnership awards -- for the vital work they do in helping to conserve our state’s fish, forests, and wildlife and helping Missourians enjoy nature,” said MDC Director Sara Pauley.
The Conservation Impact Award was presented to The Edward K. Love Conservation Foundation for demonstrating a commitment and ongoing positive impact to the health of Missouri’s land, water and forests, and the sustainability of all fish and wildlife.
The Conservation Intersection Award was presented to AmeriCorps St. Louis for best demonstrating a commitment to providing that critical conservation intersection where Missourians have places to go to enjoy nature and understand the value of nature in their lives.
The Conservation Innovation Award was presented to Timmons Group, Inc. for best demonstrating a commitment to innovation, including improving the “business of conservation” through support of customer service, continuous improvement and/or employee development initiatives.
Missouri’s chambers of commerce were also honored for supporting conservation projects that drive economic development throughout the state and for encouraging urban dwellers to become more active outdoors by visiting nature centers and conservation areas.
Former MDC Commissioner Howard Wood received the Governor’s State of Missouri Conservation Award during the ceremony for his spirit of conservation, outstanding leadership, and contributions to conservation principles and programs in Missouri.