Wildlife Stewardship Awards include two Castle Country recipients
On May 22, the Division of Wildlife Resources hosted its second annual Stewardship Awards Banquet at the Radisson Airport Hotel in Salt Lake City. Â Stewardship awards recognize outstanding citizens, educators, landowners, policy makers, and conservationists for their contributions to wildlife.
Winners are selected from a large pool of candidates from around the state. This year, award winners included Debbie Pappas, Director of Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation in Carbonville, and the Preston Nutter Ranch with Blair Eastman, ranch manager, accepting the award.
Debbie Pappas was presented with the "Compassion in Action" award for her life's work in caring for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. Debbie founded Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation 20 years ago. Her facility was entirely self-funded in the beginning years.
As time has gone by, private donors have helped share the costs of veterinary and medical care incurred in the care of her patients. Debbie's facility receives no government funding. Debbie's wildlife medical services encompass nine counties in the state-the largest of any Utah rehabilitator.
In the course of a year, Debbie will drive as many as 20,000 miles in her personal van to pick up animals that have been called in by public safety dispatchers, wildlife officers and the general public.
The Preston Nutter Ranch was recognized as "CWMU/Landowner Association of the Year." Situated on the Tavaputs Plateau, the Preston Nutter Ranch includes year-round critical habitat for many wildlife species, including elk, deer and the Greater sage-grouse.
Wildlife habitat enhancement has been a primary objective of the ranch. Over the past 15 years the ranch has conducted numerous habitat treatments at their own expense. They are an active participant with the Division of Wildlife Resources in wildlife research and management.
The cooperative wildlife management areahas proven to be an outstanding partner with the Division and Castle Country community.