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Wetland Warriors

The Wetland Warrior Award is presented annually to a citizen, organization, business or other group that has demonstrated exemplary efforts to benefit Delaware wetlands in the areas of outreach and education, monitoring and assessment, or restoration and protection.

Congratulations to our 2013 Wetland Warrior:
Professor Terry Higgins (above, receiving
award from Gov. Jack Markell)


Past recipients have included:

Terry Higgins, Professor Emeritus Wesley College- July 2013 While teaching at Wesley he inspired his students to be environmental stewards, including assisting the schools environmental club to monitor a local wetland at Brecknock Park.  After retiring he took up a post as the Kent County Volunteer Coordinator for DNREC's Adopt-A-Wetland Program. Not only did he encourage others to restore and protect wetlands, but  recently preserved a 10-acre forested wetland site in the Choptank River watershed with his family.

Clif Bakhsh- July 2012 An active volunteer with the Delaware Ducks Unlimited Appoquinimink Chapter for more than 25 years and has served in numerous local and national roles. Currently, he sits on the Ducks Unlimited National Youth and Education Committee.  Through their generous donations and fundraising for Delaware Ducks Unlimited through the years, Clif and his wife Sue have made conservation a family effort.

David Carter, DNREC Delaware Coastal Programs - July 2012 As a biologist and program manager for more than 25 years he has dedicated his career to innovative planning and funding tools to improve the management and protection of wetlands in the state. He has also provided support to outreach and education initiatives including Thank You Delaware Bay. As an active hunter and member of Ducks Unlimited, he has created wetland habitat on his 40-acre farm as a demonstration site for others.

Wayne Lehman, DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife - July 2011 Since 1992, Lehman has led projects that created 170 acres of shallow water wetland areas distributed throughout several wildlife management areas under his supervision. These wetlands provide critical habitat to a variety of wetland wildlife species many of which are listed as species of conservation concern

Mark and Charles Workman - July 2011 The Workman brothers are fourth generation Sussex County farmers who operate almost 3,000 acres of cropland, with corn, soybeans and wheat as their primary crops. In 2010, they restored 26 acres of forested wetlands on their farm near Georgetown through the USDA’s Wetland Reserve Program (WRP).

Peter Martin, Delaware Wildlands Inc. - July 2010 Pete served as interim director of Delaware Wild Lands Inc., a non-profit charitable
corporation dedicated to purchasing lands for preservation, management, and protection in

Al Rizzo, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - July 2009 Al Rizzo restored thousands of acres of degraded wetlands and former wetlands, educated the public on the value of wetlands and trained other scientists on innovative techniques.

Indian River School District, Outdoor Education Center - July 2008 Indian River School District Outdoor Education Center at Ingram Pond improved the future for protection of wetlands in Delaware by education thousands of students annually on the values of wetlands while performing hands-on monitoring for water quality, studying wildlife interactions and exploring ecosystem dynamics.


Delaware Wetlands Home


For More Information Contact
DNREC Watershed Assessment Section
Maggie Pletta, 302-739-9939



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