Winners of 2008 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award

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Winners of 2008 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award

Postby Crash » Wed Apr 09, 2008 10:37 am

Ducks Unlimited Announces Winners of 2008 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards -- Communications - Joe Albea
Mar 31, 08 Ducks Unlimited

Outstanding contributions to wetlands and waterfowl conservation recognized

Phoenix, AZ, March 31, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited announced the winners of the 2008 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards at the 73rd annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Phoenix, AZ.

DU’s Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the restoration and conservation of North America’s wetlands and waterfowl. The awards are presented in six categories.

This year’s winners are:

Catetgory - Winner

Federal Representative - U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, Wisconsin

Federal Agency - Dan J. Nieman, population management biologist, Canadian Wildlife Service

State/Provincial - Steven V. Rockwood, wetland habitat specialist, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Research/Technical - Dr. Guy Baldassarre, distinguished professor, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Conservation/Private Citizen - Adolphus A. Busch IV, chairman of the board, Great Rivers Habitat Alliance

Communications - Joe Albea, co-host, “Carolina Outdoor Journal”

Don Young, DU’s executive vice president, presented the awards.

“These individuals have each had a tremendous impact on North America’s waterfowl habitat,” said Young. “Because of them, habitat exists today that otherwise may not. DU is proud to recognize their contributions, and hope their personal achievements inspire others to engage in conservation.”

For more information on the recipients of DU’s Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards, go to

Communications - Joe Albea

Joe Albea is an outdoor journalist from Winterville, NC. He is co-host of “Carolina Outdoor Journal” on UNC TV. He is also a passionate conservationist, and he has spent his life giving of his time and skills to conserve North Carolina’s outdoors. He most recently spearheaded a 7 year fight to save Pocosin Lakes NWR. This refuge has the largest concentration of waterfowl on the east coast; over 25,000 tundra swans and 80,000 snow geese winter there. The U.S. Navy picked a site within 3.5 miles of the refuge for an Outlying Landing Field (OLF). This OLF would experience 32,000 aircraft landings per year (about one every 15 minutes); it was not possible that the OLF and the birds could coexist. So Joe worked with Ducks Unlimited and a host of other organizations to wage a 7 year battle against locating the OLF in that area. He organized trips for the media and others to see the refuge’s wintering waterfowl.

He contacted every elected official in the area. He kept information flowing to national and local media and allied groups. He made numerous trips to the state and national capitals to meet with interested parties. Joe would not let anyone forget the impacts of what was being proposed. For over 6 years the government forged ahead. After setbacks to the OLF in court thanks to successful lawsuits, and an increasing collection of elected officials joining the opposition, on January 22, 2008 the Navy announced it was abandoning its preferred site adjacent to the Refuge. Joe Albea sparked the effort that saved the birds of the Pocosin Lakes NWR.
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