AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – The Alabama Wildlife Federation recently named Alabama 4-H member Ethan Rankins as Youth Conservationist of the Year. The organization presented the award Aug. 9 at the 2019 Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards banquet in Prattville.
For more than 45 years, the Alabama Wildlife Federation has presented this award to individuals who have been influential to Alabama wildlife and natural resource conservation.
“I was honored to be selected for this distinction,” Rankins said. “As a young farmer and outdoorsman, I appreciate the abundant creation God has blessed us with.”
Rankins’ hard work and dedication to promoting wildlife and natural resource conservation has not gone unnoticed. This year, Rankins excelled in several Alabama 4-H outdoor education programs.
He, along with Lee County 4-H Wildlife team members, won the state 4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) contest. WHEP is a hands-on natural resources program that teaches wildlife and fisheries management. Rankins placed first in the competition in the Senior Overall Individual division. In addition, Rankins and his team advanced to the National WHEP Contest, where they placed fifth.
“It has been an honor to watch Ethan grow up in Alabama 4-H,” said Molly Gregg, assistant director of Alabama 4-H. “He excels in all he does and is a respected and thoughtful leader.”
Rankins also serves as a State 4-H Ambassador developing his skills in leadership, public presentation, citizenship, community service, public relations and team building.
About the Alabama Wildlife Federation
The Alabama Wildlife Federation is the state’s largest citizen conservation organization. The achievement awards promote leadership by example and in turn help increase conservation of natural resources in Alabama.
About Alabama 4-H
Alabama 4-H provides youth development and education as a part of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. More than 178,000 young people participate or enroll in Alabama 4-H activities each year.
For more information, visit www.alabama4h.com.
Pictured from left are Chris Blankenship, Conservation Commissioner; Horace Horn with PowerSouth Energy; Ethan Rankins, Youth Conservationist of the Year; Grant Lynch, Alabama Wildlife Federation President; and Susan Comensky with Alabama Power.