Dean Thomas awarded Conservation Medal
Brian Luedtke
Christine Thomas, Dean of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources, has been awarded the National Society for the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) 2011 Conservation Medal and Award at the 120th Continental Congress Gala Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C.

Dean Thomas was nominated for this recognition by the Stevens Point chapter of NSDAR. This award goes to a man or woman with a distinguished service record. Dean Thomas has just that.

For example, Thomas organized the first workshop of the Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) in 1991. BOW, a non-profit educational program gives women age 18-80 an opportunity to learn outdoor skills and has since expanded to 40 U.S. states, Canada and New Zealand, with over 20,000 participants.

Thomas received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Central Michigan University, a master’s degree in water resources from UWSP and a doctorate in land resources from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Currently, she is vice chair of the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council, chair of the Conservation Division of the Boone and Crocket Club and secretary of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board. She has also served as vice chair on the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

The NSDAR was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in Washington D.C. The society is a non-profit, non-political women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education for children.

The 120th Continental Congress Gala Awards Ceremony is "not to be confused with the United States ‘Congress’–the Daughters of the American Revolution national meeting is named after the original Continental Congress which governed the American Colonies during the Revolutionary War," according to NSDAR’s website.