Jim Karpowitz, director of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, recently received the prestigious Phillip W. Schneider Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies on one of its members.
вЂњJim frequently refers to a paper by Jack Ward Thomas, former chiefof the U.S. Forest Service, when talking to our employees about what it means to be a wildlife professional,вЂќ DWR assistant directors Alan Clark and Cindee Jensen wrote in KarpowitzвЂ™s nomination letter.
вЂњA wildlife professional is more than just a person in a wildlife job,вЂќ they wrote. вЂњThat paper, titled вЂEffectiveness — The Hallmark of the Natural Resource Professional,вЂ™ makes the point that the measure of success for a wildlife professional is demonstrated effectiveness in achieving objectives.
вЂњBy that measure, or any other you could name, Jim Kapowitz is a wildlife professional.вЂќ
- The following are among KarpowitzвЂ™s many accomplishments during his 33 years with the DWR:
- Pioneering wildlife capture techniques in Utah, including the use of net guns to capture bighorn sheep, bison and other big game animals.
- Writing UtahвЂ™s first statewide management plans for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goats.
- Development of a nationally recognized bighorn sheep restoration and management program.
- Using broad public input to revise UtahвЂ™s mule deer and elk management plans.
- Expanding UtahвЂ™s fish hatchery and community fishing programs
вЂњDespite all of these accomplishments and more,вЂќ Clark and Jensen wrote, вЂњthe flagship success of JimвЂ™s administration has been the Watershed Restoration Initiative.
вЂњUnder JimвЂ™s leadership, the division and a number of partners have restored or improved over 600,000 acres of high priority wildlife habitat in the last six years, a record unmatched in the stateвЂ™s history.
вЂњThroughout his time as director, Jim has focused on building partnerships with the many wildlife groups in Utah вЂ¦ вЂњ
A resident of Riverton, Karpowitz joined the DWR in 1979.В He was named the agencyвЂ™s director in 2005.