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Retired Wildlife Resources director wins lifetime achievement award

Gordon Meyers, retired executive director of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, has received the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ top honor in recognition of his 30-year career with the Commission. 

Myers received the AFWA’s Seth Gordon Award during a virtual ceremony Sept. 14. He retired from the executive director’s position earlier this year, with Major Cameron Ingram taking over the post on Aug. 1. 

During his career, Meyers has continually thrived on new challenges, leading construction of the agency’s headquarters building — the first LEED-rated state building — and serving on many state, regional and federal councils, resulting in “myriad conservation outcomes and lasting partnerships along the way,” according to an AFWA press release.

“His leadership within North Carolina has improved policies, practices, and leadership within the agency; forged strong partnerships with federal leadership that led to alignment on challenging issues; and successfully advocated for conservation and recreation funding,” the release continues.

Meyers was one of 11 people honored during the awards ceremony, and the only person from North Carolina to receive an award. 

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