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For Immediate Release

Wild South invites the public to submit nominations for its 7th 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, N.C., which annually celebrates and recognizes exceptional work in conservation.

To nominate a person or organization and review previous award winners, visit by midnight February 14, 2015. Awards will be given in each of 5 categories:

Outstanding Journalist – Outstanding Youth – Outstanding Educator
Outstanding Small Business – 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, GSMNP, TN
  • 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, NC
  • 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. Their conservation values mirror our own and we pay homage to their landmark work to protect forests in the South and across the United States.

Wild South is a regional non-profit organization that inspires people to enjoy, value and protect the wild character and natural legacy of the South. We have protected over a half million acres of public lands, thousands of miles of streams, and hundreds of cultural sites. Wild South is the voice of our public lands, forests, and waters as people across the region band together to save wild places and wild things that we all love. For more information, visit