Achievements

Over the course of our history, many organizations and agencies have recognized the conservation efforts of Delaware Wild Lands and our staff.

1965

CONSERVATIONIST OF THE YEAR AWARD

Conservationist of the Year Award presented to Edmund H. Harvey and Conservation Organization Award presented to Delaware Wild Lands by Delaware Wildlife Federation in cooperation with The National Wildlife Federation and Sears-Roebuck Foundation for ā€œoutstanding contributions to the wise use and management of the nationā€™s natural resourcesā€

1965

MAY 1971

CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION FOR THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND RESTORATION OF THE HART HOUSE

Certificate of Recognition for the Historic Preservation and Restoration of the Hart House presented to Delaware Wild Lands by Duck Creek Heritage Society

MAY 1971

APRIL 1985

NATURAL AREAS PRESERVATION AWARD

Natural Areas Preservation Award presented to Holger H. Harvey by Delaware Nature Education Society ā€œin recognition of outstanding contributions to the preservation of the Cedar Swamp Natural Areaā€

APRIL 1985

APRIL 1986

CONSERVATION AWARD

Conservation Award presented to Delaware Wild Lands by Delaware Nature Education Society in recognition for the ā€œsuperlative accomplishment in preserving Delaware Bay shoreline and critical migratory shorebird area at Milford Neckā€

APRIL 1986

MAY 1987

CONSERVATION AWARD

Conservation Award presented to Delaware Wild Lands by Chevron in ā€œrecognition of exceptional service in the course of conservationā€

MAY 1987

OCTOBER 1987

CONSERVATION SERVICE AWARD

Conservation Service Award presented to Delaware Wild Lands by Ducks Unlimited for ā€œoutstanding contributions to the cause of migratory waterfowl conservation and the preservation of North Americaā€™s waterfowl heritage for generations to comeā€

OCTOBER 1987

DECEMBER 1991

ORGANIZATION AWARD

Organization Award presented to Delaware Wild Lands by the Delaware Recreation and Parks Society ā€œin recognition of dedicated service for the conservation and preservation of open space and natural areasā€

DECEMBER 1991

APRIL 1994

CONSERVATION AWARD

Conservation Award presented to Holger H. Harvey and Delaware Wild Lands by Delaware Nature Society for ā€œpreserving lands at Milford Neckā€

APRIL 1994

2004

QUALITY DEER MANAGEMENT AWARD (PRIVATE SECTOR)

Quality Deer Management Award (Private Sector) presented to Delaware Wild Lands by the Delaware Branch Quality Deer Management Association for ā€œoutstanding leadership in the implementation of quality deer management on private lands and critical natural areasā€

2004

SEPTEMBER 2005

CONSERVATION SERVICE AWARD

Conservation Service Award presented to Holger H. Harvey by Ducks Unlimited for ā€œoutstanding contributions to the cause of migratory waterfowl conservation and the preservation of North Americaā€™s waterfowl heritage for generations to comeā€

SEPTEMBER 2005

APRIL 2007

CONSERVATIONIST OF THE YEAR AWARD

Conservationist of the Year Award presented to Holger H. Harvey by Delaware Ducks Unlimited for ā€œlifelong contributions to Delaware wetlands, waterfowl, and wildlifeā€.Ā Download the Ducks Unlimited Press ReleaseĀ (PDF)

From left: Scott Crawford, Delaware Ducks Unlimited Northern Zone Chairman and State Chairman-Elect; Kirk Mantay, Ducks Unlimited Regional Biologist; Rusty Harvey; Howard Wilkins, Delaware Ducks Unlimited State Chairman; Tony Senn, Ducks Unlimited Regional Director-Delaware.
APRIL 2007

MAY 2009

ENVIRONMENTAL STAR OF THE MONTH AWARD

Environmental Star of the Month Award presented to Delaware Wild Lands by the television station WMDT and Mountaire Poultry

MAY 2009

2010

DELAWARE WETLAND WARRIOR AWARD

Delaware Wetland Warrior Award presented to Peter S. Martin by the State of Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control for ā€œexemplary efforts to protect wetlands and what those wetlands provide to usā€

From left: Delaware DNREC Secretary Collin Oā€™Mara, Peter S. Martin, Delaware Governor Jack Markell
2010

2011

CHESAPEAKE FOREST CHAMPION RECOGNITION

Chesapeake Forest Champion Recognition presented to Delaware Wild Lands by the U.S. Forest Service, Forestry for the Bay, and Chesapeake Bay Program ā€œin grateful recognition of your contributions to conserve and restore our forests, our rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay, you have been nominated as a Forest Championā€

2011

2011

COOPERATOR OF THE YEAR

Cooperator of the Year presented to Delaware Wild Lands by the New Castle Conservation District Board of Supervisors in memory of Holger H. Harvey

2011

MAY 2012

AL BROTHERS DEER MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Al Brothers Deer Manager of the Year presented to Ronald J. Haas by the Quality Deer Management Association

From left: Joe Hamilton, Founder and Director of Development for QDMA. Ron Haas, DWL Project manager. Bryan Murphy, CEO of QDMA.
MAY 2012

MAY 2012

FIRST LEGACY LANDS CERTIFICATION

First Legacy Lands Certification in the country presented to Delaware Wild Lands by the Quality Deer Management Association for distinctive management at the Great Cypress Swamp

From Left: Andrew Martin, Ron Haas, Peter Martin, Joe Hamilton, Founder of Quality Deer Management Association
MAY 2012

MARCH 2013

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Volunteer of the Year presented to Andrew S. Martin by the Quality Deer Management Association

From Left: Charles P. “Chip” West, II and Andrew Martin
MARCH 2013

SEPTEMBER 2013

FRIEND OF CONSERVATION AWARD

Ducks Unlimitedā€™s Friend of Conservation Award presented to Delaware Wild Lands by Jake McPherson, Ducks Unlimited Regional Biologist.

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SEPTEMBER 2013

OCTOBER 2013

CONSERVATIONIST OF THE YEAR AWARD

Conservationist of the Year Award presented to Kate Hackett by the Appoquinimink Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.

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OCTOBER 2013

2019

National Bobwhite Conservation Initiativeā€™s Firebird Conservation Award

New Castle County Land Steward and Programs Manager, Brenna Ness, was awarded the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiativeā€™s Firebird Conservation Award from Dr. Justyn Foth, State of Delaware Waterfowl, Turkey and Upland Gamebird Biologist.

Brenna accepts award
Dr. Justyn Foth (left) and Brenna Ness (right)

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2019