North Carolina Wildlife Federation has announced the winners of its 58th Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards. Honorees for 2022 include agency professionals, elected officials, volunteers and organizations committed to North Carolina’s wildlife, habitat and natural resources.
2022 Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award Recipients include Wes Seegars, commissioner, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission from Goldsboro, NC, as Sportsman of the Year.
Outdoor experiences seamlessly weave throughout Wes Seegars’ personal and professional life. The avid and lifelong sportsman and 25-year commissioner of N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has a deep passion for the outdoors and commitment to wildlife conservation — from hunting to fishing to boating.
He works with diverse stakeholders and interests to ensure all hunters, anglers, boaters and outdoor enthusiasts have opportunities to enjoy wildlife-associated activities while also supporting ethical engagement in natural resources, safeguarding the state’s hunting heritage.
Additionally, he’s played a vital role in enhancing small game populations and habitats on public and private lands, conserving black bear, white-tailed deer and wild turkey, and expanding waterfowl hunting opportunities.
As owner and manager of properties in Wayne and Hyde counties, Seegars welcomes guests ranging from skilled game species hunters to casual wildlife watchers while providing opportunities for youth, people with disabilities and new hunters.
“For nearly 60 years, the awards program has been bringing together conservationists from across the state working to protect wildlife, air, water and land. This year’s conservation heroes are land stewardship champions, water advocates and leaders in preserving unique ecosystems,” said T. Edward Nickens, awards committee chair.
“The annual awards are a chance to highlight positive wildlife conservation efforts around the state while inspiring others to become more active in protecting North Carolina’s natural resources for future generations.”
N.C. Wildlife Federation will honor the 19 award recipients, including the to-be-announced wildlife enforcement and marine patrol officers of the year, at a banquet on Saturday, Sept. 10, in Cary.