Cong. Kind Honored for Conservation Leadership
Coalition of 3,000 Groups Recognize Work to Preserve Wildlife and Vital Habitat; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Name Kind Conservation Legislator of the Year
Washington, DC -Conservation leaders from the state of Wisconsin and around the country gathered in Washington this week to recognize U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) as a champion for conservation efforts in the U.S. Congress. The award was presented by the Teaming with Wildlife Coalition on behalf of more than 3,000 groups working to conserve wildlife and vital habitat. Representing the state of Wisconsin was George Meyer, the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, and workers from the Wisconsin State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Kind also learned today that he will be named Conservation Legislator of the Year by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at a Fish Habitat Conservation Awards Luncheon in Washington next week.
"Having grown up beneath the awe-inspiring bluffs of the western Wisconsin coulee region with one of our nation's most beautiful natural treasures-the Mississippi River- in my back yard, I have a great appreciation and enthusiasm for the outdoors that I want future generations to be able to experience," said Kind who has received a 100 percent rating from the League of Conservation Voters for 2005.
"Conservation is critical to ensuring that our outdoor traditions remain an important part of the nation's heritage. I am so honored to receive these awards and look forward to expanding our efforts to be good stewards of our wildlife and natural resources."