Conservationists Honored At Arkansas Wildlife Federation Banquet

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

BRYANT – Earlier this month, nearly 400 of Arkansas’s natural resource conservationists honored 12 of their own at the Arkansas Wildlife Federation’s 2015 Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards banquet in Bryant.

Held at The Center of Bryant in Bishop Park, AWF President Ellen McNulty oversaw a theme celebrating 100 years of conservation of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Robert Huston of Fort Smith served as master of ceremonies and the National Wildlife Federation’s CEO Collin O’Mara gave the keynote address. Awardees included:

  • Jim Goodhart (Harold Alexander Conservationist of the Year)
  • Jody Pagan (Rex Hancock Wildlife Conservationist of the Year)
  • Delta Plastics (Corporate Conservationist of the Year)
  • Patti Erwin (Dr. John L. Gray Forestry Conservationist of the Year)
  • Yell County Wildlife Federation (Conservation Organization of the Year)
  • Tommy Garner (Carol Griffee Conservation Communicator of the Year)
  • Robert Beadel (Conservation Educator of the Year)
  • Brad Savage (Student Conservationist of the Year)
  • Daniel Cooper (Special Recognition Award)
  • Lonnie Robinson (AGFC Hunter Ed Instructor of the Year)
  • Janet Kelley (AGFC Boating Ed Instructor of the Year)
  • Ryan Nast (AGFC Wildlife Officer of the Year)

AWF past president Wayne Shewmake also was acknowledged for his leadership in AWF for the past six years.

Arkansas Wildlife Federation
Arkansas Wildlife Federation

Live and silent auctions included a youth elk permit granted by the AGFC, hunting packages, duck calls, shotguns, rods and reels and other outdoor items. Sponsors of the event included the AGFC, Bass Pro Shops, Academy Sports, Tysons, Wal-Mart of Bryant, Clean Line Energy, First Community Bank of Batesville, Bank of Star City, Creative Ideas, Zimmerman’s Bait and Tackle, Mountain Harbor Lodge, Iron Mountain Lodge and Marina, Fowl Smokin Swine BBQ, Nucor Steel, Dunn Callin, Vance Gordon, Cloud Forestry LLC, Clint Lusk, Crossing Cypress Duck Club, Richards Honda, Sporting Adventures International, Southwestern Energy, Arkansas State Parks and Kerr Paper and Supply.

The Arkansas Wildlife Federation is the oldest nonprofit conservation organization in the state, organized in 1936. AWF’s website is www.arkwildlifefederation.org and the Federation can always use more volunteers to assist in conservation of Arkansas’ fish and wildlife resources. Contact Information can be obtained via the website above or by calling Steve Filipek, AWF Outreach Director, at 501-414-2845.