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For Immediate Release – March 26, 2014
Contact: Benjamin Colvin: 828-258-2667 ben.colvin@wildsouth.org

ASHEVILLE, NC –Regional conservation leader announces Conservation Award winners at 6th Annual Green Gala. Wild South announced today the winners for its annual Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Awards. The awards honor outstanding conservation work in the South.

“These awards recognize champions of conservation for their work to protect wild places and wild things across our region” said Benjamin Colvin, Wild South’s Development Director.  “Every one of these deserving nominees are inspirational heroes and their work exemplifies passion, dedication, and leadership.”


“Wild South is incredibly proud to present these annual awards, and again the nominees and winners this year inspire me and countless others” said Jeff Hicks, Wild South’s Board President.  “With these awards, we honor collaborative work in conservation, encouraging everyone to work together to make a difference and protect our planet for future generations.”

The Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Award Winners are:
     Outstanding Business in Conservation
Rock Creek Outfitters (Chattanooga, TN)
     Outstanding Journalist in Conservation
Carl Galie (Winston Salem, NC)
     Outstanding Educator in Conservation
Renee Morrison (Jacksonville State Univ, AL)
     Outstanding Youth in Conservation
Morgan Pennington (Bob Jones High School, AL)
     Outstanding Conservationist
Carol Ruckdeschel (Cumberland Island National Seashore, GA)

     Board and Staff Awards of Distinction

Bobby Jackson (Eagles Nest Outfitters, NC) and Bill Hodge (SAWS, TN)
The Award winners were selected by an independent committee comprised of highly respected conservationists and other community leaders from across the South. Their task was again incredibly difficult due to the amazing pool of nominees. On Friday night, Wild South held its annual Green Gala at The Orange Peel, to celebrate outstanding contributions in conservation that forward the important mission of Wild South to inspire people to enjoy, value, and protect the wild character and natural legacy of the South.

The 6th Annual Green Gala was sponsored by partners including: Community Partners for Wild South’s 6th Annual Green Gala and Conservation Awards include The Green Sage Café, Earth Fare, Deltec Homes, Eagles Nest Outfitters, Mountain High Outfitters, Hickory Nut Gap Farm, French Broad Brewing Co., Smiling Hara Tempeh, Blackbird Frame & Art, Sour Grapes Wines, C & Co. Naturals, The Orange Peel and more.