Nevada Department of Wildlife Director Ken Mayer received the State Statesman Award from the Wild Sheep Foundation at their annual convention in Reno last month.
The award recognizes a government official for outstanding contributions to the wild sheep of the state, province and/or country the person is from.
WSF and its affiliate and conservation partner, Nevada Bighorns Unlimited, recognized Mayer, for his and his staff's outstanding contributions to the recovery and enhancement of bighorn sheep in Nevada. With nearly 10,000 bighorn sheep, Nevada leads all western states in the lower 48 for shear bighorn numbers and well as innovative means to enhance their restoration and sustainability.
"The Nevada Department of Wildlife and Director Ken Mayer have set the pace for all other western sheep states to follow," WSF President & CEO, Gray N. Thornton said during the award presentation
WSF Chairman Jack Atcheson, Jr., WSF President, Gray N. Thornton, and Nevada Bighorns Unlimited President, Steve Field, presented the award during the Grand Opening Ceremony during the foundation's recent convention held at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and Silver Legacy Resort & Casino.
WSF has been the leader in generating "on the ground" dollars for state, provincial and tribal agencies through the sale of special permits and tags including $1,925,250 for Nevada since 1984.