The Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) honored leading citizen conservationists and national resource professionals with the 2018 Conservation Achievement Awards at a ceremony held in Jefferson City on March 8, 2019.
Congratulations to all the award winners.
Conservationists of the Year: Charley Burwick and Lisa Berger
This dynamic couple have been involved with the Greater Audubon Society for many years. Both have served this chapter in all officer capacities, including President, and both have led the chapter into areas of excellence. They both have spearheaded and freely committed time and resources to support TogetherGreen Community Volunteer projects, the South Creek Restoration Project for the city, the Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems (GLADE) Project for Ozarks youth, multiple Bluebird Trails projects, Chimney Swift projects, and more.
Conservation Communicator of the Year: Brandon Butler
Brandon's tireless efforts on behalf of the citizens of Missouri to further the cause of conservation in our grand state is unparalleled. From the halls of the Missouri Legislature
to a small group of deer hunters around the campfire, Brandon spread the gospel of conservation and its benefits to everyone he met.
Corporate Conservationist of the Year:
Caleb Arthur, Company Founder, has been committed since the beginning to combining energy efficiency with solar power, caring for the planet and helping people be good stewards of the earth and its natural resources. Solar power is one way everyone can help the environment by making the commitment to install it in their homes and businesses.
Conservation Educator of the Year: Jay Barber
Throughout his 24 year career, Jay has exemplified the highest achievements of conservation education at the local and personal level while reaching many citizens in the region who will never even know his name. Jay has become the face of conservation education in the Southwest Missouri Region.
Conservation Organization of the Year: Missouri River Relief
Missouri River Relief is a community, volunteer and equipment-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to connecting people to the Missouri River. It does so through a combination of hands-on river clean-ups, education and outreach events and stewardship activities. In the face of weather and river conditions that change quickly, this group prides itself on safely sharing their passion for the river.
Professional Conservationist of the Year: Amy Buechler
Amy worked with Department staff from across the state to clearly and consistently communicate the Department's conservation message to the citizens of Missouri. The ultimate professional demeanor is the hallmark of Amy's work with other government agencies, non-governmental agencies and most importantly, the public. Amy has exemplified what it means to be a Conservation Professional and we are fortunate to have her talents and energy here in Missouri.
Water Conservationist of the Year: Thomas Whelan
Fish production is one of Tom's main responsibilities and he has proved his expertise in this area by consistently meeting and most often exceeding fish production goals that not only supports the needs at Montauk State Park but also supporting the statewide trout program. Tom honed his fish culture talents at Montauk, Shepherd of the Hills and Roaring River hatchery. He has time after time shown leadership throughout flooding events and exhibits expertise in heading off complications by thinking ahead.
Wildlife Conservationist of the Year: Tom Westhoff
Tom has been actively involved in promoting wildlife conservation in Missouri during his career at the Missouri Department of Conservation and during retirement. Tom remains active in promoting conservation in Missouri by volunteering his time and knowledge to educate landowners.
Youth Conservationist of the Year: Klee Bruce
At 17, Klee is an avid community volunteer, accomplished birder, and a committed conservationist. She is an active member of the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society and is a graduate of the Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems (GLADE). She has spearheaded a literacy unit based on birds sparking their interest in reading, birds/wildlife, and issues facing all species. She is currently serving MRBO as the Southwest Missouri Coordinator of the newly formed statewide Youth Birding Club.
If you know someone who has done something special to aid conservation in Missouri, we invite you to nominate them for a Conservation Achievement Award later this year. The nomination form can be found on our website by
The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2019.