October 23, 2020 - The Nature Conservancy’s Director of Forest Programs has been recognized by the Pascagoula River Basin Alliance for her conservation work on the Pascagoula River. This is the first year the “Pascagoula River Basin Ambassador Awards” have been given by the Alliance. Also recognized for his work on the river is Dr. Thomas Singley of Moss Point. The award is given to individuals, groups, and businesses whose activities have made a difference in the river basin.
“Becky Stowe, working through The Nature Conservancy and in cooperation with state and federal agencies have been responsible for conserving and restoring thousands of acres of prime habitat in the river basin. Much of this preserved land is open for outdoor recreation. As a native daughter of the watershed, she has been a tireless advocate for the river, its habitat, and its wildlife,” said Mike Murphy of the Pascagoula River Basin Alliance.
“I am so humbled by this award and thankful to be recognized especially by my peers who I have worked alongside conserving this basin for many years” said Becky Stowe, Director of Forest Programs for The Nature Conservancy.
Alex Littlejohn, State Director of The Nature Conservancy said, “When we think about the Pascagoula River – we think about Becky. The two go hand in hand, simple as that. She is deserving of this award and that’s an understatement. I know she’s honored with the recognition. To think though – for her, this all started with a fishing pole on a sand bar along the Pascagoula. How special is that?”
Dr. Singley has been a tireless advocate for the Pascagoula River for over 35 years. His legacy of conservation actions includes multiple efforts to acquire, promote, educate and conserve elements of the river that he loves. From the formation of the Save the Pascagoula River, Inc. and the Pascagoula River Basin Alliance to supporting numerous environmental organizations, to the placement of “Bayou Signs” on the river itself, Tom has embraced every opportunity to get on the river and do something that makes a difference. Few people have had such a broad and sustained impact on the conservation of the Pascagoula River.
The Pascagoula River Basin Alliance is pleased to recognize the work and dedication of these two individuals, the impact they have had on the region and the legacy they leave for the future. Winners will receive a Pascagoula River themed fine art print from local artist Ruth Kimbrough and a $200 donation to be made to a conservation organization of their choice.
The Pascagoula River Basin Alliance is a coalition of state and federal agencies, NGO’s, elected officials, business leaders, educators, and concerned citizens whose mission is to promote the ecological, economic and cultural health and viability of the Pascagoula, Leaf, Chickasawhay, and Escatawpa Rivers and their watersheds by fostering research, communication, and action.