Kim Kelleher of Chapel Hill is the environmental educator of the year, Dr. David Schnake of Durham is the land conservationist of the year and Raleigh’s Richard Hamilton is the conservationist of the year on the list of the 54th annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award winners announced this week by the N.C. Wildlife Federation.
The honorees, ranging from longtime professionals to youth volunteers, will receive their awards at a 6 p.m. Sept. 9 banquet at the Embassy Suites in Cary.
The late Sean O’Donnell of Apex is youth conservationist of the year for efforts to feed the needy and assisting groups such as N.C. Bowhunters Association.
Schnake manages forest research for the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Kelleher, a school counselor, led development of a nature trail. Hamilton served a long career with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and remains active in conservation issues.
Garrett Wildflower Seed Farm of Smithfield, owned by Don Lee and family, is the business conservationist honoree, and Carolina Wetlands Association, based in Raleigh, is the federation’s affiliate of the year.
Order banquet tickets and find the complete list of winners at www.ncwf.org.
Fishing: Carteret Community College Foundation will host its 10th Spanish Mackerel & Dolphin Fishing Tournament Friday and Saturday at the BoatHouse at Front Street Village in Beaufort.
The family event guarantees a $1,000 payout. Proceeds benefit students and programs. Entry costs $135-$510. Go to www.carteretsmt.com.
Archery: It’s official. Eight North Carolinians are on the roster for the inaugural U.S. team to compete in the World Archery 3D Championships scheduled for Sept. 19-23 in Robion, France, USA Archery confirmed July 13.
The N.C. competitors are LeAnna Chadwell of Wake Forest, in women’s instinctive; Raleigh’s First Flight Archery owner John Winker in men’s longbow; Traci Taylor of Cary and Lesley Winker, who is married to John, in women’s compound; Gaius Carter of Midland and Dalton Richardson, who lives outside of Charlotte, in men’s compound; D. Allen Hughes of Haw River in men’s instinctive; and Hughes’ daughter, Laura Hughes, in women’s longbow.
Bass fishing: The Durham duo of Rick Clements and Elton Clements caught five bass totaling 27.67 pounds July 15 on Falls Lake to win the first of eight qualifying tournaments on the PCB Cashion Fishing Rods “End of Year” Team Bass Fishing Trail.
The winners took $1,020 for first place in the 48-team event and had $1,895 in total winnings. Todd Massey of Chapel Hill and Tim Parker of New Hill won $580 for second with 23.55 pounds.
Meeting: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will meet at 9 a.m. July 27 at commission headquarters in Raleigh. Live audio will be available at www.ncwildlife.org under Public Notices and Pending Rules.
Fishing: Coastal Conservation Association of North Carolina and the Hook and Bones Redfish Open will host the second annual Fishing for the Future Youth Tournament, a free inshore catch-and-release contest for ages 17-under, on Aug. 12 in Swansboro. Register at www.ccancfishingforthefuture.com.
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