Concord is NC Wildlife Federation’s Municipal Conservationist of the Year
Thursday, September 20, 2018

CONCORD - The City of Concord has been recognized as the North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s (NCWF) Municipal Conservationist of the Year.  The award is part of NCWF’s prestigious Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards which honor commitment to conservation in NC annually.  Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards are the highest natural resource honors given in the state.

This honor recognizes the work of the Concord Wildlife Alliance and coordination of City of Concord Environmental Educator- Mandy Smith-Thompson in:

·         Achieving the National Wildlife Federation’s Community Wildlife Habitat certification annually since 2015

·         Signing the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge

·         Partnering with Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center and other community organizations to create a native plant propagation and distribution project aimed at environmental education while increasing the availability of native landscape plants in the City

·         Organizing over 20 partners and 5,000 citizen scientists to successfully and competitively participate in the global City Nature Challenge

Award winners are nominated by the citizens of North Carolina and decided upon by a committee of scientists, environmental educators, and conservation activists. These prestigious awards are the highest natural resource honors given in the state. 

Concord was honored at an award banquet on September 8, where Mayor Bill Dusch and former Mayor Scott Padgett accepted the award.  NCWF and Concord Wildlife Alliance representatives also attended the September Council meeting to present the award.

For more information about the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award Winners, visit