N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Wins National Awards
Three first-place awards, two for second place and one third-place award were presented to the Wildlife Resources Commission, the state agency dedicated to fish and wildlife conservation, and the regulation of hunting, trapping, fishing and boating. The awards were announced at the ACI annual conference, held last week in Nashville, Tenn.
- Exhibits and Dioramas category, for the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh. This state-of-the-art exhibit uses historic and contemporary displays, a large satellite map and murals, touch-screen monitors and joystick-operated, high-magnification video cameras for an interactive experience.
- One-time Publications (Books/Reports) category, for the 2007 Biennial Report. Titled “Building a Stronger Foundation,” this report covers accomplishments and activities from July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2006 for all six division of the agency.
- Video (other) category, for “The North Carolina Piedmont: Our Changing Habitats.” This 20-minute video is shown daily at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education and presents a historical timeline of changes in the Piedmont landscape, from natural areas to suburban sprawl.
- Magazine (4-color) category, for Wildlife in North Carolina. The agency’s monthly magazine features the best outdoors writers, artists and photographers, covering the diverse natural and recreational opportunities of North Carolina,.
- Education and Outreach category, for “Wildlife Profiles.” These fun and factual looks at native species are found online at www.ncwildlife.org in the “Outdoors Kids” section, but are useful for any age.
- Communications Campaigns category, for “Blue Light = No Wake” boating law awareness. This year-long effort included a 30-second video broadcast spot, poster distribution, news releases and wallet-sized informative cards, as well as outreach and public appearances by wildlife officers.
Founded in 1938, ACI is a non-profit association of state, federal and Canadian fish and game agencies, as well as private conservation organizations. Members play a major role in providing natural resource, environmental, wildlife and conservation information and education to the public through a variety of means, many of which are continental in scope. The association also trains and informs the agencies’ information and education professionals and provides forums to exchange ideas and improve skills.