Roland Mich­ener Con­ser­va­tion Award

Canadian Wildlife - - BIGGER PICTURE -

The Roland Mich­ener Con­ser­va­tion Award was es­tab­lished in 1978 by the Cana­dian Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion as a trib­ute to a beloved for­mer gov­er­nor gen­eral of Canada, an out­stand­ing out­doorsper­son and past hon­orary pres­i­dent of the fed­er­a­tion. It is awarded an­nu­ally to in­di­vid­u­als who have demon­strated a com­mit­ment to con­ser­va­tion through ef­fec­tive and re­spon­si­ble ac­tiv­i­ties that pro­mote, en­hance and fur­ther the con­ser­va­tion of Canada’s nat­u­ral re­sources. Pre­vi­ous win­ners in­clude Don­ald Mcalpine, cu­ra­tor of zo­ol­ogy at the New Brunswick Mu­seum.

Jim Kroshus, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan (Co-hon­ouree)

Over the years, Jim Kroshus has been di­rectly re­spon­si­ble for se­cur­ing and per­ma­nently pro­tect­ing more than 100,000 acres of crit­i­cal wildlife habi­tat in his ca­pac­ity as the Saskatchewan Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion habi­tat co­or­di­na­tor. It all be­gan in the early 1980s, when he ne­go­ti­ated the first of many com­plex her­itage marsh agree­ments, pro­tect­ing sev­eral sig­nif­i­cant wet­lands. He has been an out­spo­ken and per­sua­sive ad­vo­cate, de­scribed as “one of those unique com­mu­ni­ca­tors who is at home in the bush, in the board­room or in the leg­is­la­ture build­ings.” For more than 20 years, he op­er­ated the Saskatchewan Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion an­nual youth con­ser­va­tion camps, where he men­tored and in­structed count­less eager out­door en­thu­si­asts. In 1997, Kroshus was an orig­i­nat­ing mem­ber of Saskatchewan’s Turn in Poach­ers Pro­gram (TIPS) and has been a mem­ber of its board of direc­tors since. He has vol­un­teered with the Moose Jaw Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion for many years and is an avid hunter and an­gler and a fal­coner.

WHAT HIS NOMINATORS SAID

“Jim’s com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to the wildlife re­source in Saskatchewan along with his tire­less ef­forts work­ing with con­ser­va­tion agen­cies, vol­un­teers, young peo­ple and the gen­eral public are truly out­stand­ing. Any­one in the prov­ince of Saskatchewan who is an out­door en­thu­si­ast ben­e­fits from his tremen­dous ac­com­plish­ments. The thou­sands of acres of habi­tat he has se­cured and pro­tected along with his ex­tended in­flu­ence on peo­ple across Saskatchewan will re­main his legacy.”

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