Nevada’s passion for wildlife and a commitment to conservation will be honored at the November Wildlife Commission meeting in Reno, when Len Warren of The Nature Conservancy will receive the Commission’s Wayne E. Kirch Conservation Award.
Warren was a “force for nature”, as his colleagues describe it. He has led the charge of conserving bird habitat in northern and southern Nevada, organizing bird walks along the Truckee River and leading restoration efforts upstream of the Amargosa River system.
He has dedicated countless hours to field habitat restoration and educating youth and adults about the importance of Nevada’s wildlife. Len’s dedication to wildlife and his passion for sharing his knowledge make him an exceptional recipient of this award.
The Commission’s Kirch Prize jury chooses a winner from a pool of nominations sent in from across the state. The jury is made up of two wildlife commissioners; Marlene Kirch, daughter of former commissioner Wayne E. Kirch; Wildlife Department staff assigned to the Kirch Prize committee; and four members of the County Advisory Council for Wildlife Management or Outdoor Groups.
The Wayne E. Kirch Conservation Award is presented annually by the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners to recipients who have demonstrated significant results in the conservation, management or enhancement of wildlife. It is named in memory of Wayne E. Kirch, who served on the Fish and Game Commission for more than 25 years, the longest term on the board since its inception in 1877. Kirch passed away in 1989, but his legacy is being honored by this annual award.
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