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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004
Public contact:  (505) 476-8000
dan.williams@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JULY 29, 2013:

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION AND EDUCATION EFFORTS WIN NATIONAL AWARDS

SANTA FE – A national conservation information organization recently recognized the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish as best in the nation in three awards categories at the organization’s annual conference in Midway, Utah.

The Association for Conservation Information presented the Department’s Public Information and Outreach Division with first-place awards for Magazine, Graphics, and Education and Outreach. Entries were submitted by professionals representing state and federal agencies, and private conservation organizations from the United States and Canada.

The Department’s winning entries were:

  • Magazine: For “New Mexico Wildlife,” a full-color quarterly tabloid featuring articles about hunting, fishing, wildlife management and conservation. The publication is inserted in newspapers statewide, with a circulation of 350,000.
  • Education and Outreach: For the New Mexico Wildlife Conservation Education Presentation, a slide show and accompanying text presented in classrooms and elsewhere by conservation officers and other Department staff. The presentation teaches students about wildlife, conservation, and how regulated hunting, fishing and trapping are important management tools used by government agencies. Students also learn about human impacts on wildlife habitat, and how hunters and anglers provide funding for wildlife conservation.
  • Graphics: For a set of three 4-feet by 8-feet banners celebrating each decade of 100 years of Conservation in New Mexico, coinciding with New Mexico’s Centennial celebration in 2012. Color and black-and-white images from Department archives illustrated the agency’s many conservation success stories.

Organized in 1938, the Association for Conservation Information is a nonprofit association of professionals who play a major role in providing natural resource, environmental, wildlife and other information and education to the public through a variety of means, many of which are continental in scope.

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