Eddie C. Bridges
EDDIE C. BRIDGES led a one-man campaign to increase state expenditures for wildlife management through innovative financial programs. The centerpiece of his accomplishments is the Endowment Fund, which last year totaled more than $19 million. Using his position on the Wildlife Resources Commission, he also established an income tax refund check-off for non-game management and preservation, and a state waterfowl stamp to raise additional funds. He rewrote the state wildlife regulations, a thankless and difficult chore. For more than 20 years, Bridges has worked as a tireless environmental volunteer.
David L. Harrison
DAVID L. HARRISON's volunteer efforts started with The Nature Conservancy on the local level and progressed until two years ago when he completed his term as Chairman of the National Board of Governors. His personal efforts have been directed toward water conservation. In 1974 he acquired a water right on Boulder Creek and transferred it to the state for instream purposes, the first for Colorado and the first such TNC project in the U.S. In 1988, he negotiated a $7.2 million gift of a water right from Chevron on the Gunnison River, for a similar transfer. His expertise in water conservation has led to his appointment to the Colorado Water Conservation Board, a singular accomplishment for an environmentalist. He has other personal achievements to his credit, but has also served TNC as a national leader.
R. Michael Leonard
R. MICHAEL LEONARD was a colleague of John N. Randolph (a 1989 Feinstone Recipient) in the Alabama Wilderness Coalition, which spearheaded a 10-year campaign to add 16,500 acres to two wilderness areas in that state, and to designate 52 miles of the Sipsey River "Wild and Scenic." Randolph was the strategist and Leonard the lobbyist in overcoming great resistance from politicians and the public, and in orchestrating state and national conservation organizations in this effort. Leonard also founded the Alabama Hiking Association, and negotiated trail extensions (a $3 million project) from the Appalachian Trail into Alabama. Upon moving to North Carolina, Leonard played a leadership role in protecting Panthertown Valley, a 6,300-acre tract with several endangered species. He salvaged the $8 million project on four occasions when all seemed to be lost.
CHARLES RUSSELL is credited with stopping the permitting and construction of the Two Forks Dam and Reservoir on the South Platte River, one of the country's premier streams, by federal designation "unique, irreplaceable and of national significance." When he undertook this volunteer task with Colorado Trout Unlimited, "the establishment" assumed the project would be built. Russell's strategy and energetic campaign outlined better water supply alternatives and dramatized the environmental costs of Two Forks. With an incredible commitment of Russell's time, the powerful wheels of the bureaucracy were stopped, a unique natural ecosystem and an invaluable recreational fishery were preserved a singular achievement over a two-year period.
Clinton B. Townsend
For more than 30 years, CLINTON B. TOWNSEND has labored for environmental goals by serving on various state boards and commissions, most notable is his directorship of the Natural Resources Council of Maine during alI of these three decades. He has been a leader in fostering soil and water conservation projects, and is noted for his efforts in cleaning pollution from Maine's rivers. Most importantly, perhaps, is the impact he has made on the Land For Maine's Future Board, which is charged with allocating the $35 million land conservation bond funds. Several ecologically important and endangered tracts have been saved through efforts with The Nature Conservancy.
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