WRC seeks nominees for annual small game awards

Photo by Melissa McGaw/NCWRC Anson County landowner John Bishop (left), a previous Diedrick Award winner, talks with Wildlife Commission Technical Assistance Biologist John Isenhour about habitat conservation and the use of native grasses.

Photo by Melissa McGaw/NCWRC
Anson County landowner John Bishop (left), a previous Diedrick Award winner, talks with Wildlife Commission Technical Assistance Biologist John Isenhour about habitat conservation and the use of native grasses.

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominees for its annual Lawrence G. Diedrick Small Game Awards, which recognize an individual and organization whose contributions aid wildlife that depend on early successional habitats.

The award is given for actions that significantly and positively impact North Carolina’s small game populations, including Northern bobwhite quail, ruffed grouse, squirrel and rabbit. These actions also benefit other species, including nongame animals such as songbirds, reptiles and amphibians. Nominations for this year’s awards are due by close of business, May 8.

Winners receive a plaque and formal recognition at a Wildlife Commission board meeting in appreciation for their efforts on behalf of North Carolina small game wildlife species.

The awards are named for the late Larry Diedrick, a lawyer and Wildlife Commissioner from Rocky Mount who died in 2002. Diedrick was a passionate small game hunter and strong conservation advocate throughout his lifetime.

In the individual category, past award winners were landowners who improved and integrated small game habitat into their forestry or farming operations.

In the organization category, past award winners included corporations, government agencies, and non-government organizations whose actions improved small game habitat. The Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge, the Ruffed Grouse Society, Murphy Brown LLC, and the Southeast N.C. Chapter of Quail Forever have been honored with the Diedrick Award in the past.
The following information is required for each nomination. Please use this form and include the following information:

*   The name of the individual or organization being nominated – include mailing address, telephone number and email address.
*   The name of the individual making the nomination – include mailing address, telephone number and email address.
*   A written explanation describing why the nominee should receive the award. Please limit the explanation to no more than two pages.
Submit nominations by email to susan.bunn@ncwildlife.org or mail to: N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Division of Wildlife Management, c/o Susan Bunn, 1722 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1722.

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