George and Olga Berg
GEORGE and OLGA BERG have played leading roles in the major environmental issues affecting Central and Western New York. As founding members of the Rochester Committee for Scientific Information (RCSI), the Bergs coordinated and generated studies on a wide range of environmental concerns. They were the first to sound the alarm on radioactive wastes leaking at West Valley, New York, and were instrumental in addressing pollution in Lake Ontario, phosphate problems in area waters, lead poisoning in children, salt pollution from roadways, and the problems of sludge disposal. Their intervention led to improved safety plans for the Ginna nuclear plant, and most recently they have worked to call attention to watershed management and water supply protection. The Bergs have consistently maintained a constructive approach to environmental matters, and have been invaluable in providing information to officials and the general public in their region.
Joseph and Ilia Fehrer
JOSEPH and ILIA FEHRER have worked tirelessly for the past 15 years in Worcester County and the eastern shore of Maryland to awaken people to the need to protect its natural resources, wetlands, habitat, rare plant and animal species, the coastal and natural environment, and water quality. Their factual approach to problems and a statesmanlike attitude through such battles as a planned community on Assawoman Bay, off-shore waste incineration, siting an industrial park near Ocean City, designation and protection of the Pocomoke as a "wild and scenic river," impact studies of a high-density development on the Pocomoke State Forest, and protection of coastal wetlands have earned widespread support from elected officials and the public. They founded the Worcester Environmental Trust, led the effort to create the Nassawango Creek Preserve, and serve on many boards, committees and commissions, in addition to attending innumerable hearings gathering data and testifying, and leading public information/education campaigns.
THOM HENLEY, a U.S. citizen, has worked to focus attention on wilderness preservation in Canada's Queen Charlotte Islands. He is a founding member of the Island Protection Society, and over a 12-year period organized efforts aimed at saving the South Moresby wilderness, concentrating on building citizen coalitions, mobilizing public agencies and private organizations, and carrying out public education projects. He co-produced Islands at the Edge, a 160-page hard cover, award-winning book, as well as numerous magazines, pamphlets, posters, and a musical recording. He also organized the South Moresby Caravan, a coast-to-coast train and bus trip involving some 10,000 people to focus attention on the South Moresby Preserve, which is being considered for designation as a national park. In addition, Henley founded the Rediscovery Program, a cultural and natural heritage project that incorporates wilderness values with traditional customs of the Haida Indians. The program has met with singular success in the Queen Charlotte Islands and is now being used elsewhere.
Called an environmental pioneer, KENNETH MORRISON has for 30 years been a leader of the emerging environmental movement in Florida. He led the informational and fund-raising campaigns to establish the 4,400-acre Tiger Creek Nature Preserve, soliciting some 2,500 acres through personal appeals to private citizens, and since its creation has served as its land steward. He is credited with a leading role in the creation of the 5,000acre Lake Kissimmee State Park, and the protection of the sensitive area around Lake Arbuckle. Morrison personally solicited a single donation to build the Babson Park Audubon Center, which is now open free to the public, and he is currently working to save tracts of Florida's unique sand-pine-scrub habitat. Morrison is president emeritus of the Florida Audubon Society and the Polk County Coalition for the Environment, which led a successful campaign to have nearly 300,000 acres of ecologically-sensitive Green Swamp declared an "Area of Critical State Concern."
Liane B. and William L. Russell
LIANE B. and WILLIAM L. RUSSELL, as extremely broad-gauged volunteer environmentalists, helped found the Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning (TCWP) in the mid-1960's, and then emerged to lead the organization into Tennessee's most important conservation battles for two decades. Their activities ranged from presiding at TCWP meetings to editing the newsletter, and campaigns in which they played key roles include: passage of strip mine legislation, designation of the Obed Wild and Scenic River, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, establishing the Environmental Action Fund, the Tellico Dam controversy, passage of Tennessee Trails Act, passage of Scenic Rivers Act, and protecting Fall Creek Falls State Park. One of their greatest achievements was to stop another highway being built through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. While their activities are too numerous to list, their most significant contribution was the setting of a broad statewide agenda for citizen activism in natural areas and wilderness conservation.
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