New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JULY 11, 2007:

NEW MEXICANS HONORED BY WESTERN ASSOCIATION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE AGENCIES

FLAGSTAFF , Ariz. -- Four individuals and one conservation group from New Mexico were honored for their outstanding contributions to wildlife conservation July 10 at the annual Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies annual awards ceremony in Flagstaff , Ariz.

Retired Department of Game and Fish Deputy Director Tod Stevenson, fisheries biologist David Propst, retired State Game Commission member Peter Pino, and Jan Hayes of Sandia Mountain BearWatch received individual honors. The New Mexico Wildlife Federation received the group's Special Achievement Award.

The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies represents 23 states and Canadian provinces, spanning from Alaska to Texas and Saskatchewan to Hawaii -- an area covering nearly 3.7 million square miles of some of North America 's most wild and scenic country, inhabited by more than 1,500 wildlife species. The association is a strong advocate of the rights of states and provinces to manage fish and wildlife within their borders. It promotes sound resource management and the building of partnerships to enhance wildlife conservation efforts and protect habitats in the public interest.

Awards were presented in seven categories. The New Mexico award winners were:

Professional of the Year Award

Presented to an employee of a member agency for outstanding career contributions to management, protection, or enhancement of fish and wildlife resources.

Special Achievement Award

Recognizes actions by an individual or organization that contributes to the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and supports the organization's member agencies and principles.

Outstanding Citizen Wildlife Contributor Award

Recognizes individuals who have substantive and distinguished contributions to wildlife conservation and management that are also beneficial to association member agencies.

Honorary Lifetime Membership

Presented to former member agency employees, or board or commission members whose leadership helped further the mission of the association. 

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