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Carson City, Nevada - Governor Brian Sandoval today announced the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners was honored with the 2016 Commission of the Year award at the annual Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) conference held in Cody, Wyoming.

“I am proud to congratulate the Wildlife Commission on earning this award. Our Commissioners continue to demonstrate their commitment to our state and its wildlife and natural resources by offering their time and knowledge in serving on this Commission,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “The Nevada Wildlife Commission has debated complex policies and helped steer the Department through challenging times. I am grateful for their service to our state and am pleased to recognize this achievement.”

WAFWA presents the annual award to the commission or board that has made a significant contribution to the management, protection or enhancement of fish and wildlife resources within the past five years. A contribution that has long-term or major impacts on resources will overshadow routine activities.

“This is truly a team award and is attributed to everyone who makes the Commission work: from Governor Sandoval and his staff, to our Commissioners and their families, to the Department of Wildlife staff,” said Nevada Board of Wildlife Chairman Jeremy Drew.

"Serving on the commission is a thankless job. Members certainly don't do it to make friends or to earn awards. They serve because they have a passion for Nevada's wildlife," said Tony Wasley, director for the Nevada Department of Wildlife. "This honor is well-deserved. We are fortunate to have this group of dedicated individuals helping us to manage the state's wildlife resources."

Some of the reasons cited by the Awards Committee for why Nevada’s Wildlife Commission deserved the award included: tireless dedication to Nevada’s wildlife resources, incorporation of sound science in wildlife management decisions, engagement with the Department and public in challenging ethical issues above and beyond the usual challenges, and their active role in promoting wildlife and wildlife management at the Nevada state legislature.

WAFWA is a regional association of state and provincial fish and wildlife agencies representing 23 states and Canadian provinces, an area encompassing 3.7 million square miles of some of North America’s most wild and scenic country.

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