The 4-H Wildlife Stewards Program of Oregon State University Extension Service has received the inaugural 2008 Fish and Wildlife Service/4-H Natural Resources Conservation Award from the national 4-H organization.
The OSU Extension Service 4-H Stewards program is the first to be recognized with this award. "The 4-H Wildlife Stewards program exemplifies the objectives of this award," says 4-H national director Cathaan Kress.
"We are pleased that a program of this caliber will receive this award," she adds. "The development, implementation and evaluation of this outstanding education program demonstrate sound stewardship of fish and wildlife resources."
The 4-H Wildlife Stewards program has helped establish and maintain habitat education sites on grounds of 54 schools in 19 Oregon counties over the past decade. "Our volunteers are trained to use these outdoor laboratories to enhance learning and give students actual experiences in science, wildlife and natural resources," says Maureen Hosty, who coordinates the Oregon program.
The recognition consists of a $5,000 cash award and travel for five representatives of the 4-H Wildlife Stewards to attend the 73rd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference award ceremony during March in Phoenix, Airz.
For more on the stewardship program, visit wildlifestewards.4h.oregonstate.edu.