2006 National Wetlands Awards Recipients

Chester A. McConnell

Mobile, Alabama
Mr. Chester A. McConnell has devoted his professional and personal energies to researching, monitoring, and protecting wildlife species, and has focused for decades on wetlands and streams.

Francisco J. Abarca

Arizona Game and Fish Department
Phoenix, Arizona
Mr. Francisco J. Abarca received a BS in aquatic ecology and zoology from the National University of Mexico in Mexico City.

The Higel Family

The Higel Ranch
Alamosa, Colorado
The Higel Family has owned and operated the Higel Ranch on the Rio Grande in Colorado’s San Luis Valley since the early 1900s.

Alan P. Ammann

Lee, New Hampshire
As a former wildlife biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, and as a volunteer and consultant during his retirement, Dr. Alan P. Ammann has led an interagency effort to restore native ecosystems.

Curtis J. Richardson

Duke University
Durham, North Carolina
Dr. Curtis J. Richardson received a PhD in ecology from the University of Tennessee.

Royal C. Gardner

Stetson University College of Law
Gulfport, Florida
Professor Royal C. Gardner is director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy and professor of law at Stetson University College of Law.