TOPEKA – The Kansas Wildlife Federation named Sen. Carolyn McGinn Conservation Legislator of the Year in a ceremony over the weekend.
“I appreciate the work of the KWF, and to receive this honor from them means a great deal. We are stewards of this land and its bountiful resources, and I am grateful to be able to play a small role in that effort,” said McGinn, a Sedgwick Republican, in an announced Tuesday. She chairs the Senate Natural Resources Committee.
"…Senator McGinn has played a vital role in virtually every piece of major wildlife, parks or boating legislation that has passed since 2005, including the Wildlife Violator Compact, a major revision of boating laws, a major revision of deer laws, the enactment of dangerous captive wildlife laws and many other countless laws,” Chris Tymeson, Chief Legal Counsel for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, wrote in his nomination.
The awards are given annually to individuals or groups actively involved in programs to conserve the environment and promote environmental education and outreach. Honors are bestowed upon individuals or groups who have made special efforts in the areas of land and soil conservation, youth conservation, conservation communication, conservation education, wildlife conservation, water conservation, conservation legislator, conservation farmer/rancher, forestry conservation, stream team conservation, outdoor skills and conservation organization. Awards are not necessarily given in every category every year