Tuesday, May 17, 2011

DNR assistant director receives conservation award

Emily Cope at Belfast Rifle Range dedication
Photo by L. Ross

Emily Cope, Assistand Director of the S. C. Department of Natural Resources recently received the 2010 2010 Forest Legacy Conservation Excellence Award. This nataional award by the USDA Forest Service is presented annually to one of the state partners for exceptional leadership in conserving forested land at the state level.

As mentioned in a recent post to this blog, Cope was instrumental in securing the 4,664 acre Belfast Plantation for South Carolina sportsmen.

Cope was born in Lodge, SC, and was hired by DNR in 1999 and has worked for the Forest Legacy Program for twelve years. With her long tenure with FLP, she has developed the FLP in South Carolina into the largest in the region. Over 75,000 acres of forest has been protected. Cope has worked tirelessly with other organizations and has taken a leadership role in making this happen. Her efforts with groups such as The Conservation Fund, Katawba Valley Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited, and the National Wild Turkey Federation has been outstanding.

Our congratulations to Assistant Director Cope for a job well done. Her legacy will be enjoyed by generations of South Carolinians.

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