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E-M:/ FW: Lt. Governor named Conservationist of the Year

From: gov_office@MICHIGAN.GOV [mailto:gov_office@MICHIGAN.GOV]
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2005 5:24 PM
Subject: Lt. Governor named Conservationist of the Year



June 17, 2005   


Lt. Governor Cherry Named 2005 Conservationist of the Year


LANSING – Lieutenant Governor John D. Cherry, Jr. has been chosen 2005 Conservationist of the Year by the Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC).  The Lt. Governor will be officially presented with the award at the 68th Annual MUCC Convention banquet tomorrow evening in Lansing


“I was raised to cherish and respect Michigan’s bountiful natural gifts,” said Cherry.  “I am proud to have been a part of creating state policies that protect our natural resources from misuse, pollution and destruction.”


An avid hunter and outdoorsman, Lt. Governor Cherry has been a tireless advocate for Michigan’s outdoors throughout his career.  While in the Senate, Cherry authored or co-sponsored several milestone laws to protect Michigan’s environment and encourage conservation.  During his time as Lt. Governor, he has been active in the Shooting Range Environmental Stewardship Program; led efforts to keep Chronic Wasting Disease out of Michigan’s deer herd; and championed Great Lakes water quality through his work on Great Lakes Restoration and the Great Lakes Commission, which he serves as vice-chair.


The MUCC is the largest statewide conservation organization in the United States with more than 500 chapters and 100,000 members.  The group is dedicated to conserving Michigan's wildlife, fisheries, waters, forests, air, and soils through education and advocacy.


Past winners of the MUCC Conservation Award include former Governor William Milliken, the Little Traverse Bay Conservancy, Peter Wege, who endowed the Peter M. Wege Chair of Sustainable Systems at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan and former Michigan State University President Gordon Guyer.


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