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John Copeland (’84) receives Vigilance Award


John Copeland John Copeland (left) with his daughter, Rachel.

Feb. 15, 2016 – John Copeland (’84 B.S. fisheries science) was one of three recipients of the Wallace and Peggy Carroll Vigilance Award from the New River Conservancy. The award recognizes the efforts of individuals and citizen groups whose outstanding dedication and work protects and preserves the New River.

Copeland, a fisheries biologist with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, was recognized for 17 years of New River fisheries management and research, including leading agency hydropower dam relicensing efforts, developing a hydrilla management plan for Claytor Lake, leadership in Claytor Lake native aquatic plant restoration and fish habitat restoration work, and recent leadership in the New River walleye restoration program.

The award honors the spirit, dedication, and perseverance that former Winston-Salem Journal publisher and editor Wallace Carroll, and his wife Peggy, brought to the battle to save the New River from a massive dam project in the 1970s.

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