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Local woman wins conservation award

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A Makanda woman has won an annual conservation award.

Earlier this week, Margaret Anderson was named the recipient of the Todd Fink Memorial Award, handed out by the Illinois Conservation Foundation. A graduate student at the SIU Department of Forestry, Anderson will receive $500 for travel costs and registration costs associated with her research, which revolves around restoring giant cane in Illinois.

A native species of bamboo, there was once considerable amount of cane across portions of the United States, including Southern Illinois and the southeast. According to ICF, only 2 percent of previous cane amounts still exist, because of land use changes. Anderson’s research deals with several factors that affect cane.

The award honors Fink, an IDNR biologist and ornithologist who died in 1995 at age 36. It is given annually to an SIU graduate student whose research focuses on plants or animals that are threatened or endangered.

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