Thursday, February 7, 2013

S.C. Wildlife Federation - Conservation Awards

Marvin Davant and Mike Prevost

Ben Gregg and Calvert Huffines
Dr. Julius Leary and Cary Chamblee
The South Carolina Wildlife Federation (SCWF) operates out of its headquarters in Columbia, but they are active throughout the entire Palmetto State. At their 48th annual awards banquet the SCWF recognized sixteen candidates for excellence in conservation. The mission of the SCWF is to advocate for wildlife, habitat and the environment while supporting conservation and all outdoor traditions. The conservation awards banquet, held February 1, took place at the new State of South Carolina Farmer’s Market. Never heard of it? That’s because this is a brand new facility located in Lexington, right along I-26. Passing drivers may have noticed the large open space with multiple long buildings and wondered about what kind of development it is. It turns out that this is now the headquarters for the S.C. Agriculture Department, and it also boasts a fine meeting facility to host events such as this one. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening is a young land broker named Jason Burbage. His connection to the Lowcountry is palpable since her grew up spending time at Tomotley Plantation in Yemassee. His father’s farm in Hampton County still hosts an annual dove hunt where Jason and I have been known to spend time together in the outdoors. As a board member with the SCWF, he is in a unique position to educate landowners about conservation while he conducts land sales.

SCWF staffers Sara Green and Ben Gregg
To view more of my feature article click Colletonian.

To view past blog entries about the SCWF awards click here.

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