FWC’s Wynn receives prestigious conservation award
Monday, September 16, 2013
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Christopher C. Wynn, Southwest Region Director for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), has been honored by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) with the 2013 Mark J. Reeff Memorial Award.
The Reeff award is given annually to a young wildlife professional for outstanding service in conservation and for overcoming difficult challenges through creative personal initiative. Wynn was surprised with the award at the AFWA annual meeting in Portland Oregon on Sept. 10.
“I’d like to thank my parents who provided me with a love of the outdoors, the incentive to follow my dreams and to the many members of my FWC family who share equally in this award,” Wynn said. “It is my sincerest hope to continue in that same vein – to help encourage and motivate the next generation that cares for the conservation of our fish and wildlife.”
Wynn began his career with the FWC in 2002 as a black bear researcher. It was in this job that Wynn quickly recognized the challenges private landowners faced in their stewardship of wildlife, particularly in regard to threatened and endangered species.
Understanding the critical importance of fish and wildlife conservation on Florida’s private lands, Wynn was a key member of the team that developed the FWC’s Landowner Assistance Program (LAP), a cooperative, voluntary effort between private landowners, the FWC and many other partners. LAP improves habitat conditions for fish and wildlife by providing financial incentives, technical assistance, recognition and education to participating landowners.
“I know that the future of conservation is in good hands when I consider Chris’ leadership and passion about the outdoors and that these traits of his will influence future generations in a positive way,” said FWC Chairman Richard “Dick” Corbett. “I join all of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission family in congratulating him on this prestigious recognition.”
Since Wynn was promoted to the position of FWC regional director in 2010, black bears in Florida have been taken off the state’s list of imperiled species. Wynn’s efforts to encourage wildlife stewardship among private landowners contributed significantly to this conservation success.
Information about the FWC’s Landowner Assistance Program is available at MyFWC.com/LAP. For those interested in engaging youths and creating the next generation that cares, go to MyFWC.com/Education and select “Adults & Families” or call the FWC’s Lakeland Regional Office at 863-648-3200.