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Tim Kobasic Named Partner in Conservation by DNR
August 10, 2006.

Escanaba resident Tim Kobasic today received a Partners in Conservation Award from the DNR and Natural Resources Commission during the NRC's monthly meeting in Manistique.

Kobasic, a leading voice in responsible outdoor education and conservation in the Upper Peninsula, was cited for his long-standing advocacy of natural resources issues in Michigan.

"Tim has long been involved on issues that are important to the sportsmen and sportswomen of Michigan," said DNR Director Rebecca Humphries. "His efforts helped champion the two recently enacted laws that will increase hunter participation and educate a new generation of conservationists."

Humphries noted that Kobasic often uses his public presence as a radio talk show host and newspaper columnist to promote ethical and lawful conduct by all outdoor enthusiasts.

"Tim has a real passion for helping young people become knowledgeable, safe and responsible hunters," Humphries said. "But he also understands the importance of including the entire family in the long-term success of hunter recruitment and retention programs."

Kobasic has been active for years in numerous resource-related organizations, including Safari Club International, U.P. Whitetails Association, Wildlife Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited, and he is a certified ORV and hunter safety instructor. He was recruited by the NRC to serve on the U.P. Wildlife Habitat Work Group, which has been active in making recommendations to the DNR on the acquisition and purchase of key parcels of land in the U.P. that will provide more winter habitat for white-tailed deer.

The Partners in Conservation Awards are given out to individuals, organizations, and government officials who assist the DNR through volunteer work in the area of conservation and natural resources management. Nominations are submitted by DNR employees.

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