Wichita student at FHSU receives national conservancy award

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HAYS, Kan. – Justin Roemer, a Fort Hays State University graduate student from Wichita, was recently awarded the Lance Hedges Conservation Award, named in memory of the former director of conservation for The Nature Conservancy.

The Nature Conservancy is a world-wide organization dedicated to protecting the Earth by conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. By creating on-the-ground and innovative solutions, the Nature Conservancy helps nature and individuals to thrive together.

“Lance was the driving force behind us establishing our intern program,” said Rob Manes, the state director for TNC in Kansas, in an article from The Nature Conservancy.

“He recognized that growing the next generation of conservation professionals was a task equal to our current on-the-ground conservation work,” he said.

Roemer, a second-year graduate student studying wildlife biology at FHSU, received the award in October 2018 for his passion in conservation.

The scholarship is only available to interns and other student employees of TNC in Kansas.

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