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Governor John Bel Edwards has appointed former Congressman Charlie Melancon, a native of Napoleonville, La., as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Secretary Melancon replaces Robert Barham who previously served as the Department’s Secretary since 2008.
The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies named Herman Todd Holbrook of Conyers, Georgia the 2015 C. W. Watson Award winner at their annual meeting in Ashville this week. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the Association.
“Todd Holbrook has proven himself a highly productive wildlife resource manager at all levels from field biologist to deputy commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources,” said SEAFWA President Bob Ziehmer. “In addition to the services rendered in Georgia, his involvement with human dimensions research has left a lasting impact on wildlife management throughout the nation.”
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The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies named Leith Konyndyk the 2015 Wildlife Officer of the Year at their annual meeting in Ashville this week. Konyndyk is a conservation officer for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
“Each state submits their officer of the year for consideration as the regional officer of the year, and these individuals are all deserving of recognition and appreciation,” SEAFWA President Bob Ziehmer said. “Konyndyk is certainly not only a great asset for his department, but also for the hunters, anglers and boaters that recreate throughout Tennessee.”
The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies named Brian Van Zee the 2015 Fisheries Biologist of the Year at their annual meeting in Ashville this week. Van Zee is a fisheries biologist for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department out of Waco.
“It gives me great pleasure to present this year’s Fisheries Biologist of the Year Award to Brian Van Zee,” SEAFWA President Bob Ziehmer said. “His contributions to fisheries conservation that began in Texas have led to ripples across the country.”
The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies named John Gruchy the 2015 Wildlife Biologist of the Year at their annual meeting in Ashville this week. Gruchy is the private lands coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.
“John’s passion for putting wildlife habitat on the ground, technical abilities and gift for effectively working with partners have improved wildlife habitat on thousands of acres in Mississippi. He is clearly a leader in the realm of private lands conservation, a critical avenue for providing the habitat needs of wildlife held in the public trust,” SEAFWA President Bob Ziehmer said.
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