Concord recognized for conservation efforts

October 20, 2018 by  

The North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF) recently recognized the city of Concord as its Municipal Conservationist of the Year.

This award is given each year to those municipalities that demonstrate the greatest commitment to conservation in the state, and is part of the Conservation Achievement Awards – the highest honors given in North Carolina for conservation and natural resources.

Mandy Smith-Thompson, Environmental Educator for the city, and the Concord Wildlife Alliance worked together and were recognized for their efforts. The city has received the Community Wildlife Habitat certification of the National Wildlife Federation every year since 2015.

In addition, several community organizations have partnered with the Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center to create a project for the propagation and distribution of plants. They hope to increase the number of native plants in the city and educate the community about the environment.

Smith-Thompson and the Concord Wildlife Alliance were also recognized for organizing 5,000 citizen scientists and over 20 partners in the community to participate successfully and competitively in the global City Nature Challenge.

Former Mayor Scott Padgett and current Mayor Bill Dusch accepted the award for the city at an award banquet, while representatives from the Concord Wildlife Alliance and the MCWF presented the award to Concord City Council.

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