1984 Feinstone Environmental Awards
1984 Awards Recipients
A leader in developing educational programs, Jean Case, of Sharon, Connecticut, has focused her efforts toward a better understanding and appreciation of animals in captivity and in the wild. Her volunteer activities have been extensive, and have been carried out in California, Kentucky, and New England. A corollary to her education work has been the establishment of a network providing rehabilitation assistance to injured wildlife. She has been active in this endeavor for more than 20 years, and personally cares for some 350 animals each year in her home clinic. Many of her programs are directed toward youths, and she has been effective working with schools. She has established more than 50 fundraising events in nine states, called "Bird Seed Savings Day." These events net more than $250,000 annually, which is used for educational programs dealing with wildlife and natural resources. Nearly all of her volunteer time, averaging some 60 hours per week, is devoted to programs under the auspices of the Audubon Society.
Walter F. Coxe
A volunteer educator and community conscience for most of his life, WALTER F. COXE, of Birmingham, Alabama, has striven to impart an environmental awareness through films, field trips, radio-television, and countless personal appearances. At age 86, he still meets with a class each week at Avondale School, where he teaches nature and conservation. He has served the Audubon Society in many capacities in his home area; he has also led projects for The Alabama Conservancy, the Alabama Ornithological Society, Birmingham Department of Education Film Library, Civitan International, and others. He has had a particularly effective association with the Boy Scouts, and has received their Silver Beaver Award. He was a founder and a leader in the successful effort to place part of the Bankhead National Forest in the National Wilderness System, which is now called the Sipsey Wilderness. He led the campaign to protect public land along the Cahaba River, and other areas of greenspace, and he has been effective in promoting numerous conservation ordinances in Birmingham.
Jane Remmarck Gulley
An expert in raptor rehabilitation, JANE REMMARCK GULLEY, of Little Rock, Arkansas, is founder and president of the Arkansas Eagle Awareness program. She has personally conducted a media blitz and a public speaking campaign to make people aware of the life history, critical habitat needs, and the laws protecting bald eagles. She has developed state-approved curriculum guides for schools on eagle awareness and has enlisted the support of the Governor in declaring January "eagle awareness month." Her efforts are credited by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with reducing eagle mortalities in the state by 50 percent over a four-year period. This is an outstanding achievement, for during the same period the incidence of raptor injuries has increased four-fold nationally. Gulley's program is being copied by 14 other states, Canada, and Japan. In addition to her volunteer activities saving eagles, she volunteers time to the state hunter safety program, and to various social and cultural organizations, and has won a number of awards for her citizen achievements.
Charles C. Haffner
A specialist in natural area and endangered species conservation, CHARLES C. HAFFNER Ill, of Chicago, Illinois, is credited with significant volunteer achievements in Illinois, and across the U.S. through The Nature Conservancy. A large portion of this effort has been directed toward financial guidance, major fund-raising, and fiscal support for specific projects. During his tenure as Trustee of the Illinois Chapter of TNC, 9,647 acres, with a value of nearly $11 million, have been protected in six years. He was a leader in saving prairie chickens in Illinois from extinction by forming a network of sanctuaries so that the population has stabilized at about 300 birds. Other accomplishments include the establishment of the Shaw Woodlands/Lake Forest Preserve, a valuable tall-grass prairie; Cedar Glen Eagle Roost, the largest bald eagle winter roost on the Mississippi River; Lower Cache River, a cypress/tupelo forest; and Braidwood Prairie, a rare savanna community. He is active in other volunteer pursuits, including Ducks Unlimited, Morton Arboretum, Newberry Library, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation.
A leader and fund-raiser, JUNE JANIS, of Williamsburg, Michigan, has been effective in protecting a large wetland adjacent to Skegemog Lake, organizing citizen support for the protection of ecologically unique areas around Traverse City, and using planning and zoning regulations to bring about a more orderly approach to development. She spearheaded the campaign that has brought half of the 2,700-acre Skegemog Swamp into The Nature Conservancy or State of Michigan ownership. She has raised some $50,000 for the acquisition of endangered property, and preserved six additional parcels with Michigan Land Trust grants. Two parcels totaling 139 acres were added in 1981, due to her private fund-raising efforts. For 10 years she was a zoning commissioner of Whitewater Township, and also led community environmental education projects, including forums and illustrated talks. She was appointed by Governor Milliken to the Michigan Natural Resources Inventory Advisory Committee, and in 1982 was the recipient of an Oak Leaf Award from The Nature Conservancy.
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