Steward of God's Creation Award

The Steward of God?s Creation award is bestowed to those individuals who exhibit courage and commitment in the caring and keeping of the earth in a heroic, distinguished and effective manner. Awardees are determined by a vote of religious leaders and bestowed at a public event, normally the National Prayer Breakfast for Creation Care, which is sponsored annually by a coalition of religious organizations and affiliates.

   

Hume Davenport
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Hume DavenportHume Davenport is a commercial pilot who usually runs an air taxi service, ferrying customers around the country.  In 1996 he founded SouthWings to lend his skills to the protection of the southeast’s forest and natural environment and generally to provide aviation services to environmental causes. The passengers in his unique air service are community leaders – politicians, journalists, scientists, sometimes religious figures and occasionally celebrities - people who can affect public policy and shape public opinion. "Our motto," declared Davenport, “is ‘Let's fly people who can make a difference.’” And make a difference he has. Even hard-bitten journalists sometimes weep when they see the effects of irresponsible logging and other examples of environmental devastation from the air. The result of his efforts is what might be called an environmental air force, as his SouthWings organization has flown representatives from more than 450 organizations over imperiled areas of the southeastern states, including a special gathering of the RCFC to return to the Cradle of Forestry and articulate a new vision of forestry for the 21st century. For this important service to forest conservation, Hume Davenport was awarded a 2002 Steward of the Forest award.

 

 

 

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