1976 Feinstone Environmental Awards
1976 Awards Recipients
As co-founder and volunteer executive director of a citizens' coalition in Oregon, GEORGE DIEL has worked at all levels of coastal zone planning and management to preserve the natural resources and economic base of Oregon's shoreline. Since Mr. Diel completed his doctoral work in citizen involvement at Syracuse University in 1967, he has become the catalyst for citizen teamwork in coastal decisionmaking in his state. He personally directed a vital campaign which resulted in the following reforms and legislation affecting Tillamook County: public members were added to the coastal commission; the state was persuaded against building a major highway along an unspoiled stretch of coastline; the nation's first estuarine sanctuary was established at Coos Bay; dredging and fill statutes were strengthened; and Cape Kiwanda was publicly acquired and preserved. His effectiveness as a citizen mobilizer has kept the coast's natural resources from being squandered, while his vigilance helps keep the undisturbed coast from jeopardy.
Judith Colt Johnson
JUDITH COLT JOHNSON works actively to save the seashore. Taking strong stands on difficult environmental issues affecting the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia region, she remains the impetus behind citizen support for sound resource management decisions by public officials. As chairperson of the Committee to Preserve Assateague Island, Mrs. Johnson organized efforts to have a public law amended so that overnight accommodations, commercial development and road building are not permitted on the Island. She worked to establish part of the Island as a wilderness area. Mrs. Johnson and her committee are the nucleus of many groups in leading the opposition to the building of the Delmarva Intercoastal Waterway, a U. S. Corps of Engineers project, which will damage fragile barrier islands and marsh ecosystems. She also is working in opposition to new development construction on Chincoteague Bay.
DANIEL MALKOVICH's insight and effectiveness in reconciling differences between groups holding extreme views on environmental matters have had a remarkable influence on conservation issues in southern Illinois. Mr. Malkovich's activism resulted in a fight to preserve Lusk Creek Canyon, an area now being considered for wilderness status. He is involved in extensive land use planning for the Shawnee National Forest, and is a leader in publicizing a huge canal project in the State of Indiana. Through his efforts the State of Illinois acquired Goose Lake Prairie, the last sizeable prairie in the state. This editor and publisher of Outdoor Illinois magazine, and influential member of the Sierra Club, fathered the environmentally sound idea of using treated municipal waste in an attempt to reclaim abandoned strip mine areas.
Jane Sinclair Pinheiro
Since JANE SINCLAIR PINHEIRO realized that the fragile ecological balance of California's Mojave Desert was endangered by the impact of population growth, she has worked to preserve and protect as much of it as possible. After an accident in 1975, she continued environmental activism from her wheelchair. By raising funds to purchase land for a state park, she helped save the California state flower, the poppy, from extinction. She helped organize a successful legislative campaign to establish a 2,720-acre reserve, Saddleback Butte State Park, which boasts a tree unique to the Southwest-the Joshua. Mrs. Pinheiro's efforts resulted in parcels of land being set aside for nature sanctuaries in Los Angeles County. Between water supply projects and other environmental community activities, she paints the wildflowers of her beloved desert. Her paintings are found in galleries and museums across the nation.
Vim Crane Wright
As a spokesperson for environmental causes, VIM CRANE WRIGHT organized a public outcry and litigation halting the tract development of a rare fossil area, which resulted in the creation of the Florrissant Fossil Beds National Monument. In anticipation of oil shale becoming a national energy issue, Mrs. Wright sounded the environmental alarm concerning its development. Because of these efforts, when the government announced a program to lease public lands to develop oil shale production in 1971, western Colorado stood prepared to make certain this development would incorporate environmental safeguards. Mrs. Wright led a campaign to stop the destruction of wildlife by poisons and she publicized eagle poisoning cases. She was instrumental in defeating the Twin Forks Project Dam which would have resulted in the destruction of beautiful canyon country. She founded the first Audubon chapter in Colorado and serves as president of the Colorado Open Space Council, an umbrella organization of over 20 citizens' groups.
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