Ruth B. Alexander
RUTH B. ALEXANDER has waged a life-long campaign--some 60 years--to preserve salt marshes in Massachusetts. She has worked tirelessly to dramatize the importance of this ecosystem and to save the biologically valuable marsh complex. By gift, she created the 105-acre Alexander Salt Marsh, and more recently has given her home as a site for a biological field station which will study this unique estuarine system. She is a founding member of the Essex County Greenbelt Association, has been a leader of several other conservation action groups, has served on the Conservation Commission of Rowley, and has been a leader in such statewide projects as the Bay Circuit Greenbelt.
Lynn Crosby Gammill
LYNN CROSBY GAMMILL is credited with almost single-handedly waging a 10-year campaign to save the natural diversity of the Pearl River Basin, in south-central Mississippi. This effort was coupled with the founding of the Crosby Arboretum, the first such facility on the southern Gulf Coast, because Gammill recognized that little had been done in the way of education and preservation of this unique landscape. Her volunteer efforts include creation and operation of the arboretum; protecting 1,700 acres on 11 other sites; preserving a 70-acre bog, creating a herbarium, building an educational focal point, and teaching environmental ethics to thousands of adults and children.
Sherry F. Huber
SHERRY F. HUBER, an environmental activist in political circles for nearly two decades, now heads the new Waste Management Agency for the State of Maine. While her environmental legislative accomplishments are legendary, she is nominated for her volunteer efforts during this same period. She has been a leader in the Maine Audubon Society, a director of the Natural Resources Council, and helped found the Mainewatch Institute and continues as its president. She has been an active volunteer with the Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) for 10 years, and now serves as chairperson of its Board of Trustees. She held a leadership position in the coalition that sponsored the successful statewide campaign for a $35 million bond issue for land acquisition. She guided the TNC chapter through many land preservation projects, including: eagle habitat in Taunton Bay, Kennebunk Plains, Damariscove Island, and a 315-acre tract in Saco for transfer to the Rachel Carson Refuge. Her achievements have brought her several awards.
Hugh H. Iltis
A world-renowned scientist, HUGH H. ILTIS has motivated thousands of other volunteers across the U.S. and in other countries with environmental values. He has been active over a long period with many environmental organizations, and personally initiated the Baraboo Project, which has now preserved some 2,000 acres. He has been a prodigious speaker--some 500 environmental lectures--using his professional scientific credentials as a platform. He has written 20 papers on human ecology, and its relation to nature. He has led the effort to convince people that forests and natural vegetation are being despoiled at a rate defying the imagination. More recently he has focused on bio-diversity protection. His goals have been the protection of the planet and the welfare of the human race.
DENNIS PULESTON, known as one of the "moonlighting scientists," helped make environmental history at the beginning of the DDT battle in 1966, and went on to help found the Environmental Defense Fund. His interests are varied--birdbanding led to his study of the osprey and campaigns to save wetlands on Long Island, for example. Called a natural philosopher, Puleston's influence on youths has been phenomenal during his 34 years as a science teacher using field trips and other learning experiences outside the classroom to illustrate his lessons. Puleston's activities range from his backyard to the Antarctic. His artistic abilities have amplified his ability to communicate an environmental ethic--he is an acknowledged leader of the "new wave" of environmentalism.
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