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Al Pyott has been honored as the Illinois Audubon Society’s Conservationist of the Year.

Conservationist of the Year announced by Illinois Audubon Society

September 23, 2013 at 01:01 PM

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SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Audubon Society named Al Pyott its Conservation of the Year for 2013 at the group’s annual meeting in Springfield, Sept. 21.

Pyott is co-founder and past president of The Wetlands Initiative based in Chicago.

The Wetlands Initiative’s Sue and Wes Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes on the Illinois River has been honored as a Wetlands of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention.

The Initiative also is playing a role in the ongoing restoration of the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie near Joliet.

He is being honored for his lifetime commitment to land conservation, and his long career of advancing conservation initiatives in Illinois.

The Illinois Audubon Society Conservationist of the Year Award recognizes individuals or groups making exceptional contributions to wildlife and habitat conservation in Illinois.

From 1987 until 1993, Pyott was executive director of the Illinois Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the Nature of Illinois Foundation, OpenLands Project, Wetlands Research, Inc., and on the advisory boards of the Cook County Forest Preserve and the Illinois Nature Preserve Commission.

Pyott remains active as a volunteer with The Wetlands Initiative.

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