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May 18, 2011   Email to Friend 

BECK'S TURF OWNERS RECEIVE MOSLEY ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD
Jillian Clair
334-612-5660
May 18, 2011

(L-R) Steve Guy, director of the forestry and wildlife divisions of the Alabama Farmers Federation, Jimmy Bassett, Wayne Bassett, Kathryn Flynn, Mosley associate professor at Auburn University and Doyle Bickley, retired Auburn University registrar.
TUSKEGEE, Ala. - Brothers Jimmy and Wayne Bassett, owners of Beck's Turf in Tuskegee, have been named the 2011 recipients of the Mosley Environmental Award.

Retired Auburn University registrar Doyle Bickers said he nominated the brothers because of their efforts to develop plant species that enhance wildlife habitats, like the Chinese chestnut.

"Their work has contributed to the health and survival of numerous plants, trees and animals," Bickers said. "It will probably be generations before the full impact of their work is felt."

Jimmy and Wayne also work with heirloom species of apples and pears.

Bickers said the development of these plants is completely voluntary for the Bassetts, as their main source of income is selling turf grass.

Kathryn Flynn, the Auburn University Mosley associate professor, said the Mosley award is presented to the "unsung heroes" of conservation of natural resources in Alabama.

The Bassetts each received $500, a certification of recognition and a framed limited-edition reproduction of a forestry/wildlife painting by William Baggett.

The Mosley Award, first awarded in 1980, is named for W. Kelly Mosley, a 1924 Auburn University graduate and Atlanta businessman who initiated discussion about how to use and renew Alabama's forests and natural resources in the 1960s.

The award is given for voluntary efforts in forestry, wildlife, fisheries, soil, water, air, wildflowers, non-game wildlife, environmental education, conservation and urban forestry.

Flynn said the Mosley committee would like to receive more nominations.

More information can be obtained through the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife sciences or by calling (334) 844-1036.


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