Lansing, MI -(Ammoland.com)- Steve Schmitt; a wildlife veterinarian with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, has been named Wildlife Biologist of the Year by the Michigan Involvement Committee of Safari Club International.
A 36-year DNR veteran, Schmitt helps run the DNR’s wildlife disease lab at the Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health.
“Steve is a nationally recognized expert on wildlife diseases and a unique resource for us here in the state of Michigan,” said DNR Wildlife Division Chief Russ Mason. “We are pleased and proud to see him garner this recognition from Safari Club.”
Bob Taylor, chairman of SCI’s Michigan Involvement Committee, noted that Michigan is one of the few places in the world with bovine tuberculosis in the wild deer herd and “we’re lucky that Dr. Schmitt is here to help us manage this disease.”
Schmitt said it was both an honor and a pleasure to be recognized by such a top-notch conservation group as Safari Club International.
“The 11 Safari Club chapters in Michigan have spent millions of dollars here in Michigan on everything from the current predator/prey study in the Upper Peninsula to Operation Moose Lift more than 25 years ago,” Schmitt said. “It’s safe to say that without the Safari Club, we wouldn’t have moose in Michigan today.”
Taylor and Mason presented the Wildlife Biologist of the Year award to Schmitt last week at the June meeting of the Natural Resources Commission in Lansing.
About The SCI Michigan Involvement Committee
The SCI Michigan Involvement Committee was formed in 1980 with representatives from each Safari Club International chapter in Michigan. Committee members work with the Department of Natural Resources to coordinate funding of DNR wildlife conservation programs and research projects that might otherwise not be funded.
About The Michigan Department of Natural Resources
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations.
About The Safari Club International
SCI has approximately 200 Chapters worldwide and its members represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation.