Bighorn Sheep Conservation - Texas Bighorn Society
President of the Texas Bighorn Society, Kathy Boone traveled to San Antonio, Texas to receive the s award from the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. The award was presented to the Texas Bighorn Society by WAFWA president Carter Smith.
The award is presented annually to an outstanding wildlife organization. Carter Smith is the Executive Director of Texas Parks and Wildlife. A quote from Carter Smith used in his presentation to the Texas Bighorn Society follows.
“Each year the WAFWA President gets to recognize an individual or entity for their exemplary contribution to fish and wildlife conservation in the west. The award is the WAFWA President’s Award. The past list of honorees has been a rather distinguished one. This year as WAFWA President, the honor of recognizing an outstanding partner went to me. My selection, which was an easy one, is the Texas Bighorn Society. Candidly, it was an easy decision. I can think of no other partner who does so much, so frequently, and with so little expectation of recognition. Your success in restoring bighorns to west Texas mountain tops is simply unmatched and unassailable. But it goes beyond that. Your extensive network of conservation volunteers, your generosity to conservation efforts, your support for private landowners, and your work to further conservation as a whole in west Texas, Mexico, and beyond is simply remarkable. And you manage to do it with an all-volunteer team. All of us at TPWD are proud of what ya’ll have accomplished, and we are especially proud to be your partner.”
The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) 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 over 1500 premier wildlife species.
WAFWA is a strong advocate of the rights of states and provinces to manage fish and wildlife within their borders. The Association has been a key organization in promoting the principles of sound resource management and the building of partnerships at the regional, national and international levels in order to enhance wildlife conservation efforts and the protection of associated habitats in the public interest.