RENO — Cecil Fredi of Las Vegas has won the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioner’s 2010 Wayne E. Kirch Conservation award.
Fredi’s commitment to Nevada’s wildlife resources will be recognized during the February Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioner’s meeting in Las Vegas, where he will receive the award.
In 2010 Fredi was “responsible for an estimated $613,000 for predator management. The projects proposed by Fredi are funded utilizing the Department of Wildlife’s Wildlife Heritage Trust Accounts.
Fredi spent a great deal of time planning for the enhancement of native mule deer in Nevada not only in 2010 but in the last 20 years” said Donald Mosley of Las Vegas in his nomination of Fredi.
Mosley is a district judge and an avid hunter, Fredi told the Elko Daily Free Press.
“I am appreciative of the award by the wildlife commission, but more importantly it is their efforts to restore our mule deer,” said Fredi.
“It should also be noted that Pat Laughlin (of Elko) and I worked together last year to see that something is done about the return of our mule deer and the decline of our sage grouse.”
The Wayne E. Kirch Conservation Award is given annually to recipients who have demonstrated significant results towards conservation, management or enhancement of wildlife.
It is named in memory of Wayne E. Kirch, who served on the Fish and Game Commission for more than 25 years, the longest tenure on the board since its inception in 1877. Kirch, of Las Vegas, died in 1989.
Fredi said he worked after school and on Saturdays at a sporting goods store on Fremont Street in Las Vegas called the Outdoorsman while he was in high school from 1953-1957.
During that time, Fredi remembers Kirch as a regular customer of the store and waiting on him many times.
Fredi is also the founder of Hunters Alert.
Reporter Jared DuBach contributed to this story