1979 Feinstone Environmental Awards
1979 Awards Recipients
Miron L. Heinselman
MIRON L. HEINSELMAN is credited with securing passage of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area legislation, passed by the 95th Congress and hailed as a landmark victory for wilderness protection. Elected chairman of the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area, a coalition of environmental organizations formed in 1976, he worked nearly full-time as a volunteer in Minnesota and then Washington, D.C., while the legislation was pending. His volunteer efforts included accumulating and planning testimony, directing information and education campaigns, and coordinating the "grass roots" support for the wilderness area that proved so crucial to the passage of the legislation. Heinselman was familiar with the ecological significance and importance of the Boundary Waters area, having worked there as a research scientist with the USDA-Forest Service prior to his retirement. He has been involved in a number of other environmental projects, but it is in the area of wilderness legislation that his efforts have been most effective.
Philip M. Hocker
PHILIP M. HOCKER has been a leader in many campaigns aimed at maintaining and improving the visual aesthetics and overall recreational experience to be found in the Grand Teton-Yellowstone area. He has led a coalition of environmentalists opposed to introducing commercial jet traffic at the Jackson Hole Wyoming Airport, the only such facility in a national park, and he helped found the Gros Ventre Wilderness Committee to secure wilderness classification for that area. He led the compromise movement in the controversy over the USDA-Forest Service's roadless area review and evaluation, and he has been successful in protecting the Upper Snake River from development. The introduction of advanced land management techniques in Teton County has been another of Hocker's projects, and currently he is a leader in the attempt to establish the Jackson Hole Scenic Area. He is also deeply involved in the growing conflict surrounding the Overthrust Belt oil and gas exploration on the western flank of the Rockies, and has consistently worked for the common good, whether issues have dealt with federal or local governments or the private sector.
Terrence N. Ingram
TERRENCE N. INGRAM is the founder and guiding force behind Eagle Valley Environmentalists (EVE), headquartered in Apple River, Illinois, an organizational, fund-raising and educational effort to protect crucial winter roosts of bald eagles, an endangered species, in the Mississippi River Valley. Serving as executive director since EVE was formed in 1972, he has directed acquisition efforts on three sites, one of which has grown to over 1,400 acres. lngram has been successful in soliciting funding for these projects from a private corporation, the National Wildlife Federation, and many individuals. In addition to locating winter roosts and protecting them from disturbance and development, Ingram has carried out an ambitious education program about eagles, through establishment of a nature center and a series of publications, special events and television appearances. To further the aims of the educational activities, EVE is currently embarking upon an eagle research program. Ingram also provides volunteer consultation to other eagle programs at several locations across the country. Known as the "park lady,"
Grace E. Simons
GRACE E. SIMONS has organized the effort to protect Elysian Park, located near the center of the Los Angeles megalopolis, from at least 27 different attempts to withdraw acreage for non-park purposes. Beginning officially in 1965, she founded the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park, a coalition which she still heads. A reporter and editor by profession, Simons has been adept at uncovering quiet campaigns to explore for petroleum, build a convention center, construct a freeway, locate an airport, route a six-lane state highway, and build a police academy, among other plans to invade this metropolitan park. By calling attention to the value of the park, Simons has been instrumental in several rehabilitation and improvement projects that have improved the area. While she has achieved singular success over the years, several of her projects are currently in litigation, but despite these consuming activities she finds time to engage in other related environmental activities in the Los Angeles area.
Patricia D. Weinberger
For the 10 years she has lived in California's Ojai Valley, PATRICIA D. WEINBERGER has served as a volunteer catalyst, mobilizing citizens to oppose unplanned and unsound commercial development and exploitation in Ventura County. Starting with a neighborhood group, she formed the Citizens to Save the Ojai in 1968, and has been president or executive director ever since. A political activist, she has used the democratic system to prevent open pit mining in the Los Padres National Forest, stop a chemical plant from being located in the valley, protect the Lake Casitas watershed and the valley water supply, maintain air quality standards when a refinery was proposed, preserve wetlands at the mouth of the Ventura River, and prevent development of the river floodplain. In addition to her effective work on the political front, and during a number of election campaigns, Weinberger was a cofounder of the Ventura County Environmental Coalition, and has been active in many other related environmental and community affairs.
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