Retired Biologist Receives Yankee Sportsmen’s Heritage Service Award
Posted on 01/29/2015
Bill Crenshaw Award

Media Contacts:  Louis Porter 802-828-1000; Frank Stanley, Yankee Sportsmen’s Classic, 802-238-0364

Retired Fish & Wildlife Biologist Receives Yankee Sportsmen’s Heritage Service Award

ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. – A recently-retired wildlife biologist of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is the recipient of this year’s Sportsmen’s Heritage Service Award, given out January 17at the Yankee Sportsmen’s Classic in Essex Junction, Vt.

Governor Shumlin presented the award to Bill Crenshaw who worked in land acquisition and waterfowl conservation for most of his 39-year career with Vermont Fish & Wildlife.  The Governor cited Crenshaw’s efforts towards conserving habitat, improving recreational access, and building partnerships in presenting the award.

Crenshaw was involved in the creation of the first wetland conservation plan in the Champlain basin in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and the New York Department of  Environmental Conservation, which resulted in the protection of thousands of acres of important waterfowl and wildlife habitat that is now open to public access. 

“Bill has established a lasting legacy of wildlife and land conservation, and his impact on Vermont can hardly be overstated,” said Governor Shumlin in his remarks.  “Throughout his career, he was well-known and respected by all those with an interest in conservation, from hunters and anglers to bird-watchers and farmers” 

Crenshaw was quick to credit much of the work to the many partnering organizations he worked with, particularly The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited, Vermont Land Trust, the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, and the many community Land Trusts throughout Vermont.

“Without the tremendous efforts of our partners, none of the work we did would have been possible,” said Crenshaw.  “It’s thanks to the people like Jon Binhammer at The Nature Conservancy and so many others that we were able to conserve so much habitat in Vermont.”

The Yankee Sportsmen’s Classic is an outdoor trade show in Essex Junction that is now in its thirteenth year.

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 Photo Caption: Governor Shumlin presents retired Vermont Fish & Wildlife biologist Bill Crenshaw with the 2015 Sportsmen’s Heritage Service Award. Also pictured are Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter and Director of Wildlife Mark Scott.