L-R Rick Dillard (President of Mississippi Wildlife Federation), Wayne Beard and Kris Godwin (Immediate Past President). Wayne is holding his merit award.
Longtime Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Conservation Officer (now retired) Wayne Beard received a merit award from the Mississippi Wildlife Federation last weekend in Jackson.
Here is what the program said about Wayne during the award ceremony:
“Wayne is a retired Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Conservation officer and currently serves as a Lowndes County Deputy Sheriff. Soon after assuming duties as environmental/litter control enforcement officer, Wayne tackled the growing problem of discarded deer remains around bridges and local roads. Landowners were unhappy and the potential contamination of the environment was a concern.
Wayne convinced the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors to strategically locate dumpsters around the county dedicated to the disposal of deer carcasses. A total of 12 dumpsters were placed in strategic locations on Oct 1 and removed Feb 1. These dumpsters are specifically labeled, and signs designate them for deer carcasses only. Due to the success of the program, Lowndes County purchased dumpsters for this program and Golden Triangle Waste Management picks them up and stores them in off season. Oktibbeha county has duplicated the project and counties in Alabama are looking into the feasibility of the project there. Wayne’s foresight and his pragmatic approach to conflict resolution provided everyone involved with an opportunity to “do the right thing”. For his proactive approach and vision the Mississippi Wildlife Federation recognizes Wayne Beard with a 2011 MDF merit award.”
Wayne had been nominated by Bob Griffin, a retired Ms Dept of Wildlife and Fisheries Officer, for the award.
Wayne was a game warden for 32 years before retiring. During his time, he won several awards including district officer of the year. He was on the state level Dept of Wildlife and Fisheries pistol team and served as captain. The last several years of his career with them, he spent doing undercover work and investigations (He had to go to other areas of the state to do this because everyone around here knew him!!!) He retired with the rank of Master Sergeant. He has been with the Lowndes County SO for 8 years, tackling the problem of illegal dumping.