Caleb Eubanks

GWF President Mike Worley, along with GA DNR/WRD Director Rusty Garrison, present Caleb Eubanks with the 2018 Keeping Georgia Wild award for Wildlife Technician. Don McGowan from DNR/WRD accepted Greg Nelms award for Wildlife Biologist of the Year on his behalf. Photo by Hank Ohme.

Biologist, Technician, and Employee of the Year Recognized at Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction

Covington, GA – On August 30, Georgia Wildlife Federation (GWF) began a new tradition at the non-profit’s annual Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction by presenting three employees from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources/Wildlife Resources Division (GA DNR/WRD) with Keeping Georgia Wild awards. The honorees, who were nominated by DNR/WRD leadership, were presented plaques in front of approximately 350 guests including Georgia’s Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate, Brian Kemp, and Representative David Knight, Chairman of the Game, Fish, and Parks Committee. Recipients honored were Greg Nelms of Uvalda, Wildlife Biologist of the Year, Caleb Eubanks of Collins, Wildlife Technician of the Year, and Kim Piemme of Lula, Employee of the Year. Each exemplifies outstanding work in their efforts to protect and preserve Georgia’s wildlife on behalf of the state’s citizenry.

Kim Piemme

GWF president Mike Worley, along with GA DNR/WRD Director Rusty Garrison, present Kim Piemme with the 2018 Keeping Georgia Wild award for Employee of the Year. Photo by Hank Ohme.

In remarks to the crowd, Mike Worley, GWF President and CEO, emphasized the connection between the nonprofit and the state wildlife agency – a relationship going back to the 1930’s when GWF was founded and took up the fight to help establish a professional wildlife management agency for Georgia.

“It seems only appropriate that GWF takes this opportunity to celebrate the fine work coming out of our WRD,” states Worley. “Caleb, Greg, and Kim, each in their own area of expertise, have taken the initiative to improve our public lands on our behalf. We appreciate their efforts, and of all of the men and women working hard to make sure we have high-quality areas to hunt, fish, hike, and enjoy our state’s diverse wildlife.”

GWF will continue the tradition of honoring state DNR/WRD employees with Keeping Georgia Wild awards at next year’s banquet on August 29.

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