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LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas scientist credited with preserving several endangered species is being honored for a half century of work to save the environment.

Dr. Jim Deacon, who founded the environmental studies program at UNLV, has been a driving force in protecting fragile desert ecosystems and rare fish species.

He was honored for his conservation work by the Center for Biological Diversity.

Deacon has frequently been an expert witness in court cases centered on water rights and is a lifelong opponent of the proposed rural water grab, which he said will wipe out dozens of plant and animal species.

Deacon also helped create two national wildlife refuges in Nevada, including the one near Moapa.

He retired form the University of Nevada, Las Vegas several years ago but remains active in environmental research.

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