Press Release: Henry Maddux is Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Partner of the Year

Photo: Charles UibelThe Nature Conservancy has presented Henry Maddux, director of the Endangered Species Mitigation Fund for the Utah Department of Natural Resources, with its 2016 Utah Conservation Partner Award.

Given annually to a conservation leader who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to preserving Utah’s natural environment, the Conservancy’s award is an acknowledgment of Maddux’s legacy of leadership and diligence on many of our state’s key environmental issues. 

Maddux continues a 25-year career devoted to protecting Utah’s rich biodiversity, including past leadership at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and current service as the Director of the Utah Endangered Species Mitigation Fund. Over the years, Maddux has been vital to the Conservancy’s protection of at-risk species such as the Holmgren milkvetch, Utah prairie dog and the Greater sage-grouse.

The Conservancy also heralds Maddux’s ground-breaking work on Federal Recovery programs for rare fishes in Utah, such as the Virgin River Program in Washington County. The Virgin River supports hundreds of wildlife species, including imperiled native fish and birds. As the area’s population growth explodes, the Virgin River Program, under Maddux’s direction, balances increasing human demand and maintains the health of this unique system.

“Henry Maddux’s exceptional leadership and tireless commitment have had a major impact on the wildlife and natural resources that make Utah special,” said Dave Livermore, the Conservancy’s Utah State Director. “In each project, Henry balances competing interests and faces complex challenges, and he earns the respect of everyone involved because he strives to meet the needs of both nature and people.” 

A biologist by training, Maddux got his start with the Arizona Game and Fish Department working with trout and endangered fish in the Grand Canyon. In 1991, he took a position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Salt Lake City focused on endangered species issues. After a stint in Colorado, where he supervised Ecological Services offices in five states, Maddux returned to Utah to head the Endangered Species Mitigation Fund for the Utah Department of Natural Resources.

“I am honored to receive this award from The Nature Conservancy, an organization that is a national leader in conservation. I believe that protecting our natural resources provides long-term benefits for the country, and that partnerships between Utah’s many diverse stakeholders give us the best chance to accomplish that,” Maddux said.

The Conservation Partner of the Year is the Conservancy’s highest honor in Utah.  Maddux was honored at the December annual meeting of the Conservancy’s Utah Board of Trustees in Salt Lake City.

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