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William C. Everhart Award

The William C. Everhart Award is presented to Drew Lanham, Ph.D., Distinguished Alumni Professor and Provost’s Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University, for recognition of sustained achievements that illuminate, provide creative insights, and that foster an appreciation of our natural and cultural heritage.

The Award is named in appreciation of the distinguished career of Bill Everhart as field interpreter, researcher, administrator, author, and creator of the National Park Service's Harpers Ferry Center for creative design and communication, which has received national and international recognition for excellence.

The Award recognizes sustained achievements during a career or in a specific episode that illuminate, provide creative insights to, and that foster an appreciation of our natural and cultural heritage.

About Drew Lanham, Ph.D. 

Dr. Drew Lanham

Drew Lanham, Ph.D., is a native of Edgefield and Aiken, SC. He is a Clemson University Distinguished Alumni Professor, Provost's Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation, and a Fellow in the Clemson University Institute for Parks. A faculty member since 1995, Drew is an internationally respected conservation and cultural ornithologist. He is a past board member of several organizations including the National Audubon Society, Aldo Leopold Foundation, the American Birding Association and BirdNote. He is also the former Chairperson of the advisory board for Audubon South Carolina and was a twelve year member of the SC Wildlife Federation, serving as the organization's affiliate representative for most of that tenure. 

Dr. Lanham is a widely published author and poet focusing on a passion for place and the personal and societal conflicts that sometimes put conservation and culture at odds. Drew was named the Poet Laureate for his home place county of Edgefield, South Carolina in 2018 and is the author of Sparrow Envy - Poems and Sparrow Envy - A Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts (Hub City Press 2018; 2021). His award winning book, The Home Place-Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature (print by Milkweed Editions 2016/ audiobook by Tantor Media 2019; Burroughs Medal Finalist 2016; 2018 SELC Reed Environmental Writing Award; 2020 Scholarly Book of the Decade; 2020 Memoir of the Decade) exemplifies his passion to define environmental sustainability and conservation in new ways by bridging the gaps between advocacy, education, inspiration and conservation. His Orion Magazine essay, "Forever Gone" a lyrical treatise on extinction, was chosen as a Best American Essay for 2018 by Rebecca Solnit. He has been summer faculty at the Bread Loaf Environmental Writing Workshop (2019, 2020) and the Writing in the Ruins Workshop (2012).  

Drew is currently a Contributing Editor for Orion Magazine. Recognized internationally by his peers, he is the 2019 winner of the National Audubon Society's Dan W. Lufkin Conservation Award and the 2016 North American Association of Environmental Educator's Rosa Parks and Grace Lee Parks Service Award. As a Black American, he’s intrigued with how ethnic and racial prisms bend perceptions of nature and its care. He is a naturalist, bird-adorer watcher and conservationist-hunter who lives with his wife Janice Garrison Lanham, in Seneca, South Carolina. They have two adult children, Alexis Shepard and Colby Lanham and three animal companions. Labs Chase and Luke and a 100% indoor cat, Zeke III (Tres).

His forthcoming book, Range Maps - Birds, Blackness and Loving Nature Between the Two, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (FSG) of New York.