Asheville Citizen Times/Girls Gone Outdoors Blog

Karen Chavez, 3:59 p.m. EST February 10, 2015

Wild South is calling for nominations for its seventh annual Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Awards. On March 20, 2015, four individuals and one business will be honored for their outstanding contributions to environmental conservation in the South during the past year.

The Awards will be presented at Wild South’s Green Gala in Asheville, which annually celebrates and recognizes exceptional work in conservation.

To nominate a person or organization and review previous award winners, visit by midnight Saturday, Feb. 14. Awards will be given in each of five categories:

Outstanding Journalist, Outstanding Youth, Outstanding Educator, Outstanding Small Business and Outstanding Conservationist.

Nominations are reviewed and scored by an independent volunteer Selection Committee. This year, the committee includes:

Ginger Dollar, Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
JJ Apodaca, Professor of Conservation Biology, Warren Wilson College
Dusty Allison, Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine
Kelly Sheehan Martin, Sierra Club NC Beyond Coal Campaign
Pete Conroy, Jacksonville State University, AL
Todd Witcher, Exec. Director, Discover Life in America, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tenn.
Kim Porter, Director of Development, Environmental Paper Network
Katie Hicks, Clean Water For North Carolina
Jamie Ager, Hickory Nut Gap Farm, NC
Ching Fu, Outdoor Programs and Outreach Market Coordinator, REI Asheville
Marin Leroy, Evergreen Community Charter School, NC
Roald Hazelhoff, Birmingham Southern College, AL
Wild South named this award series for President Theodore Roosevelt and Mr. W.W. Ashe, to honor their conservation values pay homage to their landmark work to protect forests in the South and across the United States.

Wild South is a regional non-profit that inspires people to enjoy, value and protect the wild character and natural legacy of the South. The organization has protected more than a half million acres of public lands, thousands of miles of streams, and hundreds of cultural sites.

For more information, visit