Each year the Natural Resources Council of Maine honors individuals making a difference for Maine’s environment. In 2014, we presented awards to nine outstanding citizen activists for their extraordinary efforts to protect the health and beauty of our state.
2014 Conservation Leadership Award winners are:
- Jim and Kathy Wellehan (Auburn), Lifetime Achievement Award, for demonstrating that what is good for the environment is good for business.
- Lorette Adams (Easton), Alice Bolstridge (Presque Isle), Gail Maynard (Woodland), and Shelly Mountain (Mapleton) for their unwavering determination to ensure that Maine implements strong, common sense regulations to protect our waters, wildlife, and citizens from dangerous mining pollution.
- Peter Kallin (Rome) and Peter Lowell (Bridgton) for their tireless efforts to protect the water quality of Maine’s lakes.
- Robert Godfrey (Eastport), People’s Choice Award winner, for his perseverance in protecting the beauty and heritage of Downeast Maine by leading the grassroots organization Save Passamaquoddy Bay.
Learn more about these individuals here. Click on the names above to read each person’s award citation.
The awards celebration was held on Wednesday, October 15th at the Maple Hill Farm Inn & Conference Center in Hallowell.
Thanks to Maine magazine for being the media sponsor for this event.
Please enjoy some photos from the evening (click on the photo to enlarge):
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsNRCM Executive Director Lisa Pohlmann and Board Vice President Russ Pierce pose with all of this year's NRCM Conservation Leadership Award winners. What an inspiring group of awardees!
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsPeggy Schuler and Phyllis VonHerrlich
2014 Conservation Leadership Awards“Maine is so fortunate to have citizens like these that we are honoring this year with our Conservation Leadership Awards,” says Executive Director Lisa Pohlmann. “These people share a deep love of Maine and understand what is stake. Our award is one way to demonstrate how much we appreciate all that they do to protect this beautiful state we all call home.”
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsBob Godfrey, NRCM's People's Choice Award winner, talks about the dedication of all of those involved in the Save Passamaquoddy Bay 3 Nation Alliance over the past ten years to protect Passamaquoddy Bay from LNG developers.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsLisa Pohlmann and Russ Pierce present Bob Godfrey with the 2014 People's Choice Award for his leadership of the organization, Save Passamaquoddy Bay.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsKathy and Jim Wellehan received a Conservation Leadership Award for Lifetime Achievement to thank them for their commitment to Maine's environment and economy over many years as owners of Lamey Wellehan Shoes. Lamey Wellehan celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsLisa and Russ present the Wellehans with their Conservation Leadership Award for Lifetime Achievement.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsNRCM Executive Director Lisa Pohlmann speaks with Board member Warren Kessler.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsDarrell and Lorette Adams and Gail Maynard having a great time as they prepare to accept their Conservation Leadership Award for all of the time and energy they ensuring strong protections for Maine's environment from the threat of mining pollution.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsNRCM staff members Cathy Johnson and Gretta Wark with NRCM Board Vice President Russ Pierce
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsSteve Kahl
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsGail Maynard accepts her 2014 Conservation Leadership Award, along with three others from Aroostook County, for perseverance and dedication to protecting Maine from weak mining regulations.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsLorette Adams shared her thoughts about the work she and others did to protect Maine from mining pollution, even when it wasn't always viewed by others in the community as the "popular" thing to do.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsShelly Mountain and her mother, Alice Bolstridge, were very thankful for their partnership with NRCM staff to work on the important issue of strong mining rules for Maine.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsRuss Pierce presents 2014 Conservation Leadership Awards to (from left) Alice Bolstridge, Shelly Mountain, Lorette Adams, and Gail Maynard "for their unwavering efforts to ensure strong common sense regulations to protect Maine from dangerous mining pollution."
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsAroostook County resident Alice Bolstridge accepts her award and jokes that she enjoyed working with NRCM staff so much she is already looking for other ways to get them involved in another project so they can work together some more!
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsNRCM North Woods Project Director Cathy Johnson speaks with NRCM Advocacy Director Pete Didisheim (center) and Board Vice President Russ Pierce.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsLisa Pohlmann and Russ Pierce present Peter Lowell and Peter Kallin with their 2014 Conservation Leadership Awards.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsPeter Lowell accepts his 2014 Conservation Leadership Award "for his tireless efforts to protect the water quality of Maine’s lakes."
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsElizabeth Quaglieri, Assistant Publisher, "Maine" magazine, speaks with Peggy Schuler and Phyllis VonHerrlich. NRCM would like to thank "Maine" magazine for being our media sponsor for this event.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsNRCM's Cathy Johnson (left) talks with Kathleen Cotter about NRCM's work to protect Maine's air, land, water, and wildlife.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsSarah Strickland (left) was one of the people who nominated Bob Godfrey for this year's People's Choice Award. We are delighted Sarah could come watch Bob accept his well-deserved award.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsLisa Pohlmann speaks with Susan Muzzy and NRCM Outreach Coordinator Todd Martin.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsNRCM staff members from left: Eliza Donoghue, Emmie Theberge, and Gabby Rigaud
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsPart of the Bob Godfrey cheering section (from left): Sue Crawford, Richard and Katherine Berry, and Sarah Strickland. The Berrys were the other folks who nominated Bob for this year's People's Choice Award. Thank you to the Berrys and Sarah Strickland for such wonderful nominations!
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsNRCM's Stacie Haines and Joyce Gracie welcome people as they arrive.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsNRCM's Stacie Haines and Toby Kilgore greet NRCM Board member Tom Tietenberg and find his nametag as he arrives for the evening.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsGuests sample some of the delicious food provided by Maple Hill Farm Inn & Conference Center in Hallowell.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsWe were thrilled to have NRCM member Justin Walton join us to share his incredible musical talent throughout the evening.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsNRCM North Woods Project Director and Senior Staff Attorney Cathy Johnson listens to 2014 Conservation Leadership Award winner Peter Lowell
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsLinda Bacon speaks with Matt Scott as they arrive to celebrate the lakes protection work of Peter Lowell and Peter Kallin, two of this year's Conservation Leadership Award winners.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardLisa presents the Wellehans with their award "for demonstrating that what’s good for the environment is good for business." Thank you Jim and Kathy!
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsConservation Leadership Award winner Peter Kallin speaks with Jodie Mosher-Towle.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsJodie Mosher-Towle and Toni Pied
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsThanks to everyone who came to celebrate this year's award winners!
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsListening to Lisa's welcoming remarks are (from left to right): NRCM Board member Phil Bartlett, NRCM board member Jeff Pidot, former NRCM board member Nat Thompson, NRCM board member Tony Owens, NRCM staffer Matt Scease, NRCM board member Patty Hager, and NRCM staffer Leslie Burhoe.
2014 Conservation Leadership Awards
2014 Conservation Leadership Awards
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsJim Wellehan speaks with long-time NRCM members Alan and Jonell Solander
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsBob Godfrey, NRCM's 2014 People's Choice Award recipient.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsNRCM member Maggie Warren speaks with Linda Godfrey, whose husband Bob is the 2014 People's Choice Award winner.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsPaul Haertel (left), former Superintendent of Acadia National Park and one of this year's People's Choice Award finalists, speaks with Ted Bromage, who, along with his wife Joan, nominated Paul for the award.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsNRCM Board member Jeff Pidot (left) speaks with Major Gifts Director Mathew Scease.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsNRCM Staff Scientist Nick Bennett (center) catches up with two NRCM board members, Tom Tietenberg and Kathy Remmel.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsNRCM Advocacy Director Pete Didisheim speaks with Peter Lowell and Peter Kallin, both of whom are 2014 Conservation Leadership Award winners.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsOne of this year's Conservation Leadership Award winners, Peter Kallin (left) with his son David and Jodie Mosher-Towle at this year's event in Hallowell.
2014 Conservation Leadership AwardsNRCM Board member Patty Hager speaks with Lisa Pohlmann.