The award recognizes a government official for his or her outstanding contributions to the wild sheep of the state, province and/or country where the person is from.
“Director Ken Mayer and his dedicated NDOW staff through innovative and aggressive habitat improvement, water development, translocation and other conservation measures as well as industry-leading collaborative efforts with sportsman’s groups, landowners, livestock producers and other stakeholders, has restored Nevada’s bighorn populations to levels only dreamed of in other western states,” said WSF President and CEO Gray N. Thornton during the award presentation.
WSF and its affiliate and conservation partner, Nevada Bighorns Unlimited (NBU), recognized Mayer for his and his staff’s outstanding contributions to the recovery and enhancement of bighorn sheep in Nevada. With nearly 10,000 bighorn sheep, Nevada leads all western states in the lower 48 for sheer bighorn numbers and well as innovative means to enhance their restoration and sustainability.
“The Nevada Department of Wildlife and Director Ken Mayer have set the pace for all other western sheep states to follow,” added Thornton. WSF Chairman of the Board Jack Atcheson, Jr., WSF President Gray N. Thornton and Nevada Bighorns Unlimited President Steve Field presented Mayer the award during the opening ceremony during the foundation’s recent convention held at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and Silver Legacy Resort & Casino.
WSF has been the leader in generating “on the ground” dollars for state, provincial and tribal agencies through the sale of special permits and tags, including $1,925,250 for Nevada since 1984. The foundation raised $3 million in special permit and tag revenues alone – up $438,000 over the 2011 show.