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Northeast RAC member Gale Dupree named Field
and Stream Magazine Conservation Hero of the year

Gale Dupree, an environmental organization representative on the Bureau of Land Management's Northeast California Resource Advisory Council, has received Field and Stream Magazine's "Conservation Hero of the Year" award.  In addition to the honor, Dupree received a cash grant and a new Toyota 4Runner.

Two men shake hands and hold an award.
 Gale Dupree, left, receives Field and Stream Magazine's "Conservation Hero of the Year"
award from Bob Marshall, the magazine's conservation editor.

Dupree was honored along with five other "Heros of Conservation" at a gala event held in Washington, D. C. earlier this month.

"Gale noticed a decline of sage grouse in Nevada, so he helped develop a handbook that informs landowners of how to improve nesting habitat for the birds," said a Field and Stream news release.  "He also mobilizes volunteers to count leks (strutting grounds) in spring."

"Gale has been an outstanding RAC member, and contributes greatly to member understanding about the importance of habitat conservation," said Nancy Haug, BLM's Northern California district manager.  "We are pleased to congratulate him on this honor."

Dupree, a resident of Loyalton, Calif. has been a RAC member since 2007.  He is an experienced outdoorsman and has been a director in the Nevada Wildlife Federation for more than 20 years.  He currently serves on the Nevada-California Sage-Grouse working group, a team collaborating to improve ecological conditions for the species. In addition to Wildlife
Federation involvement, he is a member of environmental groups including the Sierra Club, Audubon Society, Wilderness Society and the Nevada Native Plant Society.

Other honorees were cited for their work in Wyoming, Pennsylvania, New York, Oregon and Louisiana.

"The conservationists named...are out in their community doing grassroots work, while also inspiring a lot more people to get involved and do their part," Field and Stream Edtior Anthony Licata said in the news release.  "We're proud to recognize and celebrate their accomplishments."

- Jeff Fontana, Northern California Public Affairs, 10/20/10


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Last updated: 10-26-2010