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Conservation group recognizes FWC regional director for outstanding leadership

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-754-1294


Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Regional Director Chris Wynn was honored at the Commission meeting in Jacksonville Wednesday when a conservation association gave him the Wildlife and Natural Resource Achievement Award.


This award from the Florida Sportsmen’s Conservation Association recognizes a conservationist who has exemplified the highest principles of good public relations and strong leadership to achieve a significant impact for conservation.

The members of the FSCA chose Wynn for his tireless work not only as regional director but for all of his efforts with the Youth Hunting Program of Florida.

“Chris attended the FSCA annual Youth Day a couple years ago and we believe that seeing 1,000 kids enjoying themselves at the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp inspired Chris with even more passion to help get children outdoors,” said Todd Hallman, FSCA president.

Wynn has also worked as a mediator and facilitator with the Sportsmen's Trust Group to create unified support for the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area.

“Chris has become heavily involved in the FWC's Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network, helping to create the next generation that cares,” Hallman said. “His passion for the outdoors and our next generation of youths is so in line with the FSCA's mission, we couldn’t think of anyone who deserves this award more.”

Wynn, born and raised on an Illinois farm, received his bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology from Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2001. His work with the FWC began in 2002, assisting with black bear research. For about eight years, he worked with the FWC providing wildlife-related habitat management assistance to Florida private landowners while also serving as statewide coordinator for the agency’s Landowner Assistance Program. 

Wynn was selected to serve as the regional director of the Southwest Region in November 2010 and then became regional director of the North Central Region in November 2013.  As such, Wynn represents the executive director’s office, addressing legislative issues and serving as a liaison with other government agencies, conservation and stakeholder groups and the public.

The Florida Sportsmen’s Conservation Association was founded in June 1994 by a group of sportsmen who shared a vision for creating a conservation organization that would serve the needs of modern outdoorsmen and their families.

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