Judge Amy M. Newsome was presented the Judicial Conservationist of the Year Award at the 2022 Alabama Wildlife Federation Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards banquet. The Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) held the banquet, co-sponsored by Alabama Power Company and PowerSouth Energy, on Friday, Aug. 5, at The Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill in Prattville. Gov. Kay Ivey provided a congratulatory video prepared specifically for the 2022 award recipients.
The AWF Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards (GCAA) are the most respected conservation honors in Alabama. Over the past 50 years, AWF has presented these awards to individuals and organizations that make great contributions to the conservation of Alabama’s wildlife and related natural resources.
Judge Newsome of Wedowee has served as district judge in Randolph County since 2017.
It is estimated that Judge Newsome handles more than 300 conservation cases each year. Her rulings are consistent and embody a commitment to upholding conservation and the proper use, management and protection of our natural resources.
That was evident recently when conservation enforcement officers investigated and charged two individuals for importing and exhibiting protected wildlife species. From obtaining search warrants, to conviction of both individuals on 19 different counts, and prescribing more than $10,000 in fines and restitution, enforcement officers credited Judge Newsome with being firm, fair and helpful throughout the case.
As one person stated, “It is easy for anyone to say they support Alabama’s wildlife, but few actually walk the walk. Judge Newsome is one of the few. Her consistent rulings stand evident to the fact that she is a dedicated defender of all of Alabama’s natural resources.”
Presenting sponsors for the event were Alabama Power Company and PowerSouth Energy. The Westervelt Company, Lockheed Martin and Alabama Farm Credit sponsored the food and refreshments for the event. Alabama Gulf Seafood was sponsored by the Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission. Additional sponsor support was provided by the National Wildlife Federation, Southeast Region, David & Kelly Thomas, Ralph & Catherine Martin III, CDG Engineers & Associates, Consolidated Construction Company, David McGiffert, First South Farm Credit, Josh & Mary Virginia Mandell, Lee Thuston, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, Russell Lands and Stifel.
AWF’s GCAA was created to promote leadership by example and in turn increase conservation of the natural resources in Alabama, including its wildlife, forests, soils, water and air. The program is designed to bring about a greater knowledge and awareness of conservation practices and projects and to give proper recognition to those persons and organizations that make outstanding contributions to the natural resource welfare of their community and state.
The Alabama Wildlife Federation, established by sportsmen in 1935, is the state’s oldest and largest citizens’ conservation organization. The mission of the Alabama Wildlife Federation, a 501(c) 3 non-profit group supported by membership dues and donations, is to promote conservation and wise use of Alabama’s wildlife and related natural resources as a basis for economic and social prosperity. To learn more about AWF, including membership details, programs and projects, contact Alabama Wildlife Federation at 334-285-4550 or visit http://www.alawild.org/www.alabamawildlife.org.
Cutline: Presenting the awards were Horace Horn of PowerSouth Energy Susan Comensky of Alabama Power Company and AWF President Jesse Vogtle