State Soil and Water Conservation Society Honors Wildlife Biologist

By / Fishing / Tuesday, 17 March 2015 04:00

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 13, 2015) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and an agency biologist were honored recently by the Hugh Hammond Bennett Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society for development of state-of-the-art wildlife habitat practices.
The Soil and Water Conservation Society is an international nonprofit scientific and educational organization that fosters the science and art of soil, water and related natural resource management to achieve sustainability. The Hugh Hammond Bennett Chapter represents North Carolina and is celebrating its 50th year.
The Natural Resource Enhancement award, recognizing innovation and practical application of conservation techniques, was presented to Benjy Strope, a technical assistance biologist responsible for the Wildlife Commission’s corporate component of the Cooperative Upland Habitat Restoration and Enhancement (CURE) Program. The Corporate CURE program works with hog farms in Bladen, Sampson and Duplin counties to manage habitat for small game, quail and other high priority non-game wildlife species with a focus on improving water quality.

“Something with the scope of the Corporate CURE program, with many so facets, requires someone who sees the breadth and scope of projects and then puts in the man-hours to bring it to realization,” said Dawn Williamson, chapter president. “That person is Benjy Strope, who has daily accomplishments. He writes the grants, he tests the water, he makes the site visits, and he turns concepts into reality.”

The Unit of Government award was presented to the Wildlife Commission for its long-term efforts and success of the Corporate CURE program. Corporate CURE, established in 2004, has been one of the most successful components of the overall CURE program. CURE was established by the Wildlife Commission in 2000 to encourage farmers to manage early successional habitats that benefit a wide range of small game and high priority non-game wildlife species.



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