Wildlife area, award named after former FWC chairman
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) paused during Wednesday's meeting to thank Hersey
A. "Herky" Huffman for his steadfast commitment to the conservation
and enjoyment of Florida's fish and wildlife resources by naming a
wildlife management area after him and establishing a
youth-mentoring award in his name. Huffman served on the Commission
for more than seven years, including a term as chairman in
"As chairman, Huffman demonstrated outstanding
leadership, vision, dedication and true passion in support of
Florida's fish and wildlife resources, resulting in great progress
for statewide conservation efforts," said present FWC Chairman
Rodney Barreto. "Huffman set a high standard for all present and
future FWC commissioners, for how we should strive to address our
state's complex fish-and-wildlife issues."
Huffman is a Volusia County resident and native
Floridian. Throughout his adult life, he has promoted his love for
fishing, hunting and youth conservation education to everyone he
"I am grateful for this honor, but let's all give
credit to the staff behind us," Huffman said. "We couldn't do
it without them."
As commissioner, he was a staunch advocate for
agency initiatives to secure a brighter future for hunting and
fishing; he recognized the importance and value of making hunting
and fishing opportunities available to the public, and in that
regard, he worked tirelessly and successfully to expand public
hunting and fishing opportunities statewide.
He always believed in involving the public in fish
and wildlife conservation, as evidenced by pioneering a local
fishing tournament for blind anglers and organizing a joint effort
to involve youngsters in managing wild turkey habitat.
As a fishing guide and outdoors editor for the
Sanford Evening Herald, he opened the world of hunting and fishing
to the visitors and residents of Florida.
Invasive plants and animals were other issues
Huffman tackled, helping maintain Florida as one of the premier
states in the nation for hunting, fishing and successful
conservation and stewardship of natural resources.
To honor his efforts, the Commission established
the Herky Huffman Lifetime Achievement Award for Youth Conservation
Mentoring, in cooperation with the Wildlife Foundation of
On the local level, the Commission noted Huffman's
contributions to wild lands, encompassing and surrounding the Bull
Creek Wildlife Management Area, which has been renamed as the Herky
Huffman/Bull Creek Wildlife Management Area in honor of his
"You are the epitome of the Florida outdoorsman.
You are passionate about fishing and hunting and enjoying the
fruits of those activities," said Commissioner Kathy Barco. "You
have always shown a deep respect for the ability to do those things
while conserving our precious resources. As a result of your
commitment to our state's fish and wildlife, you have inspired
Florida's youth to enjoy the outdoors. It has been a pleasure to
work with you."