The Conservation Fund Recieves Two Honors At The 47th Annual Tennessee Wildlife Federation Conservation Achievement Awards

April 24, 2012

woods in Rocky Fork

Rocky Fork. Photo by Greg Hutson.

Rocky Fork Project And Rex Boner, Vice President And Southeast Representative, Receive Awards

Read the original release from Tennessee Wildlife Federation here.

Nashville, TN — The Conservation Fund took home two honors at this year’s annual Tennessee Wildlife Federation (TWF) Conservation Achievement Awards.

Each year since 1965, TWF has honored a select group of leaders in the conservation and stewardship of wildlife and their habitat in Tennessee. “These awards recognize those individuals and organizations that have made truly meaningful contributions to conservation in Tennessee and to TWF,” says Michael Butler, the Federation’s chief executive officer. “The current generation is building upon the great work of our past winners, and we are proud to honor their contributions.”

The Rocky Fork Partnership—a collective effort between the Fund, the U.S. Forest Service, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and the Southern Appalachian Highland Conservancy among others to protect one of the largest unprotected tracts in the Southern Appalachian Mountains—was named Conservation Organization of the Year for leading an effort to raise $40 million to protect the iconic Rocky Fork tract of land in the Cherokee National Forest.

The Z. Cartter Patten Award—TWF’s highest honor—went to Rex Boner, vice president and southeast representative for The Conservation Fund.

Working in partnership with other conservation organizations and agencies, the Fund has protected more than six million acres of forestland, wildlife habitat, wetlands and historic sites, including nearly 155,000 acres in Tennessee. Boner has contributed to the purchase of 4,000 acres on the Wolf River, the protection of 75,000 acres of the Cumberland Forest adjacent to the Royal Blue WMA, the purchase of the Cumberland Trail State Park Corridor and the acquisition of the 10,000 acres in Rocky Fork, Tennessee.

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At The Conservation Fund, we combine a passion for conservation with an entrepreneurial spirit to protect your favorite places before they become just a memory. A hallmark of our work is our deep, unwavering understanding that for conservation solutions to last, they need to make economic sense. Top-ranked, we have protected more than 7 million acres across America.