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The Nature Conservancy's Chris Hise and Brian Obermeyer Receive Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Award

Oklahoma City, OK

The Nature Conservancy was honored today with two of its employees receiving Climate Adaptation Leadership Awards for Natural Resources from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.  The Climate Adaptation Leadership Award, established in 2016, recognizes exemplary leadership by individuals, agencies, businesses, and other organizations to reduce impacts and advance adaptation of the Nation’s vital natural resources and the many people who depend on them in a changing world.

Chris Hise, Associate Director of Conservation for the Conservancy’s Oklahoma program, and Brian Obermeyer, Director of Protection and Stewardship for the Conservancy’s Kansas program, were jointly recognized in the Nongovernmental Organization category for their work creating Site Wind Right, which identifies areas in 17 Midwest states where wind development is unlikely to encounter significant wildlife-related impacts.  Projects in low-impact places are also less likely to be delayed or cancelled, resulting in more reliable and efficient renewable energy deployment.

“The Site Wind Right project was truly a team effort, with contributions from Conservancy scientists and GIS staff across the central U.S.,” Hise said. “We sincerely appreciate this award from AFWA.”  Chris is a lifelong resident of the Great Plains, and has managed The Nature Conservancy’s conservation efforts in western Oklahoma since 2000. 

“The Site Wind Right team, including myself and Mr. Hise, are honored that AFWA recognized the Conservancy’s science-based approach to steer wind energy away from ecologically important habitats and landscapes,” added Brian Obermeyer.  Brian is a 5th generation Kansan who has led the Conservancy’s Flint Hills Initiative for nearly two decades. 

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