Maine is known and loved for its beautiful lands, lakes, rivers, and coastline—and we owe a lot to the individuals who have helped protect these natural resources. Each year, the Natural Resources Council of Maine recognizes several of those who have made significant, lasting contributions to safeguarding Maine's environment by presenting them with a Conservation Leadership Award. As part of our Conservation Leadership Awards, we include an award that is given to a person or people who are nominated and voted on by NRCM members and the public, our People's Choice Award.
This year we honored:
- Horace “Hoddy” Hildreth (Falmouth), Lifetime Achievement Award winner, for decades of public service in conservation and as a passionate voice for the environment
- Sandy and Ole Jaeger (Georgetown) for exemplifying an informed and highly engaged citizenry necessary for holding their elected officials accountable (Read Sandy's remarks upon accepting their award.)
- Bill Mook (Walpole) for putting his real-life experience as a shellfish grower and business owner into advocacy work for clean water and a healthy climate
- Robin Robinson (Brunswick), People’s Choice Award winner, for creating a flourishing online educational community of people who share photos and information about all aspects of Maine’s wild birds, including threats to their habitats and opportunities to make a difference (Read Robin's remarks upon accepting her award.) Watch News Center's 207 story about Robin and her MAINE Birds Facebook group.
- "Falmouth, Brunswick Activists Get Conservation Awards" — The Forecaster
- "Congratulations to These Environmental Champions" —George Smith column in the Bangor Daily News
- "NRCM Names 2018 Conservation Leadership Award Winners" —Bangor Daily News