Each year the Natural Resources Council of Maine honors individuals or groups who have demonstrated a dedication to and passion for protecting Maine’s environment and whose actions have made a real difference at the local, regional, or state level in helping protect the Maine we know and love. This year, we presented awards to three outstanding groups of citizens and organizations for their extraordinary efforts to protect the health and beauty of our state’s air, land, water, and wildlife.
We a pleased to announce that the 2015 Conservation Leadership Award winners are:
- The Quimby/St. Clair family for their generosity, vision, and commitment to creating the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
- Marsha Donahue, Gail Fanjoy, Anita Mueller, and Matt Polstein for their tireless efforts to raise awareness and build support for the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
- Penobscot River Restoration Trust (Penobscot Nation, Atlantic Salmon Federation, Maine Audubon, The Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, – and NRCM) for significantly improving access to nearly 2,000 miles of habitat for eleven species of native sea-run fish, with no net loss of hydropower
- Stephanie Larouche, on behalf of the Larouche family (Old Town), People’s Choice Award winner, for the family’s commitment to wildlife protection and habitat conservation as well as environmental education for children and adults through the Hirundo Wildlife Refuge
Click on the names above to read each person’s award citation.
More than 150 people joined in the celebration, which was held on Wednesday, September 14th at Congregation Bet Ha’am in South Portland. A special thank you to everyone who attended and helped make this such a special occasion!
Thanks also to Maine magazine, our media sponsor for this event. Visit Faces Maine to view the magazine’s photos from the evening, and visit NRCM’s Facebook page to view our photo album.