Cpl. Greg Wade, who patrols in Tift County, has been recognized with the Rocky Wainwright Waterfowl Officer of the Year Award for his outstanding efforts regarding waterfowl conservation over the past year, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. The award is named in memory of Conservation Ranger Cpl. Rocky Wainwright, who was dedicated to the conservation of waterfowl.
“Cpl. Greg Wade is an asset to this agency and to the hunting public thanks to his dedication to protecting waterfowl and their habitat,” says Col. Eddie Henderson, chief of law enforcement. “He encourages wise use of our resources through quality education efforts, vigorous enforcement, and community involvement.”
Wade has been with the Division since 2006. Research was key to Wade’s work with waterfowl. He made superior efforts to educate himself about resources in Tift County and surrounding areas, stay on top of any new hunting “trends,” study maps and aerial photographs, and meticulously detail information about field encounters and local area habitat. This preparation work proved of great assistance and directly led to numerous waterfowl violation arrests. In addition to enforcement efforts, Wade supported waterfowl education by teaching blocks of instruction on waterfowl and wetlands protection at the annual “Nature Trek” programs in the Worth County School System.
Other conservation rangers nominated for this award include RFC Ben Cunningham, Cpl. Brian Hobbins, Cpl. Lynn Stanford and RFC Keith McDonald.
For more information on conservation rangers and law enforcement, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/enforcement .