Earlier this fall, the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation honored conservation heroes at its National Lewis and Clark Conservation Awards event at the Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium/White River Conference Center in Springfield.
This annual event recognizes individuals and organizations that have made noteworthy impacts on conservation in Missouri and beyond. As a conservation partner, Mineral Area College was recognized with the Missouri Department of Conservation Partnership Award at the reception. MAC’s support was said to be essential to the conservation cause in Missouri.
Hall of Fame Professional Bass Anglers Bill Dance, Jimmy Houston and Roland Martin were also honored at the awards banquet with the National Lewis and Clark Conservation Corps of Discovery Award. This is the highest award given by the Foundation for conservation leadership at the national level. The three men were said to have provided exemplary service, inspiration, commitment and distinction through a lifetime of efforts benefiting the conservation cause.
The Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization founded in 1997 and supports the Missouri Department of Conservation’s mission of managing and protecting the state’s forest, fish and wildlife resources for all Missourians.