Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Retired DNR Wildlife Biologist Mark O. Bara, of Georgetown County, was awarded the Deer Management Career Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to White-Tailed Deer Management in the Southeastern United States.
This award was presented during this year’s Southeast Deer Study Group Meeting February at the University of Georgia in Athens, by Dr. Steve Demarais of Mississippi State University, Chairman of the Deer Committee of The Southeastern Section of The Wildlife Society (TWS).
His Committee coordinates the annual conferences which typically attract 300 to 400 registrants.
According to Dr. Demarais, this is a highly coveted award and one of the most important given by The Southeastern Section TWS. During the presentation, he added that Mark once served as chair of The Deer Committee and played a major role in developing these conferences to their current level of participation and prominence.
Employed by what was then known as the S.C. Wildlife Department in 1970, Bara, a TWS Certified Wildlife Biologist, retired in August 2003 as regional coordinator for the Upper Coastal Region. According to Deer Program Leader Charles Ruth, Bara assisted hundreds of landowners and hunt clubs with habitat improvement and harvest recommendations. He served for 11 years as treasurer of The Navy Club of Georgetown and serves on the Georgetown Friends of the National Rifle Association Banquet and Auction Committee.
He is a professional member of the Boone and Crockett Club and has been one of their official measurers since 1976.
At the award presentation and asked for a few comments by Dr. Demarais, Bara submitted to the assembled group, “This can be a lonely profession and you rarely accomplish anything by yourself, and if you look good, it is only by virtue of other people making you look good. I was indeed privileged to work for, and with some very good people in the Department, along with some very dedicated and supportive sportsmen so it is on behalf of these individuals, that with pride and humility, I accept this wonderful award, the high point of my professional career.”