The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission honored 19 professionals, elected officials, volunteers, and organizations at the 58th Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards banquet. Wes Seegars and Senator Jim Perry were among the honored.
Wes Seegars, commissioner of North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, earned “Sportsman of the Year” honors from North Carolina Wildlife Federation for his dedication to the state’s wildlife, habitat and natural resources. “I’m gonna accept this award tonight, not as a commissioner, but as an individual landowner and sportsman. They manage individual farms, woods, and land in their family or lease or rent this land for prescribed burns. They leave field borders and manage the land for water runoff and wildlife. The wildlife they pursue is maybe three to five different species, but what they do to preserve that land and habitat to benefit non-game species is of real value and enhancement. So I’m accepting this award tonight for the tens of thousands of individual sportsmen and landowners, both men and women, who protect our state and do so much individually with very little to no recognition,” Seegars humbly stated.
Senate Majority Whip Jim Perry earned “Legislator of the Year” honors from North Carolina Wildlife Federation for his dedication to the state’s wildlife, habitat and natural resources. Perry said, “To all my partners in the audience who taught me so much about flood mitigation and resiliency efforts, thank you. Thanks for the education and for spending the time with me … stick with me because we planted a flag. We just started moving that ball, but we’ve got a lot more to do, so thank you.”
Since 1945, the North Carolina Wildlife Federation has worked for all wildlife and habitats, bringing citizens, outdoor enthusiasts, hunters and anglers, government and industry to protect the state’s natural resources. NCWF’s work is centered around conserving wildlife, restoring habitat, getting people outside, celebrating conservation, conservation policy and climate resiliency.