Marie Aull has worked tirelessly to promote nature appreciation and environmental education for many years--she has literally and figuratively changed the landscape in the Dayton area. At the age of 97, she continues her volunteer efforts in several projects. Working with the National Audubon Society and the Dayton Audubon Society, she created the 200-acre Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, which has had a professional staff for nearly 40 years. Her personal 30-acre wild and cultivated garden has been open to the public for some 70 years, and now has been given to the local park district, a district she helped create. She is a former Board Member of the National Audubon Society and has been active in many environmental organizations.
Dr. Frederick L. Brown
Dr. Frederick L. Brown has established a reputation throughout Michigan as a tireless and knowledgeable volunteer, leading many efforts to protect water resources in the state, and the Great Lakes. He led as president, the Michigan United Conservation Clubs, which is the largest state environmental organization in the U.S. He was a founder of Great Lakes United, served as president, and continues on their Board. He was appointed to three terms on the Michigan Water Resources Commission, where he served as chairman, and was a charter member of EPA's Advisory Group for the Great Lakes. His dedication has been boundless for 25 years working at the forefront of all the water battles in the state and region.
Emily H. Earley
A multi-faceted volunteer for over 30 years, Emily H. Earley began by working with the fledgling Wisconsin Chapter of The Nature Conservancy in the mid-1960s. A visionary, years ahead of her time, she recognized the crucial importance of stewardship on properties saved by the Conservancy. She personally produced master plans for the 30 properties then owned by the Chapter, and led the effort to put management plans in place. She encouraged the Chapter to hire a stewardship staff and devote a quarter of its budget to stewardship--a practice since adopted widely by the Conservancy nationally. Recently, she has been involved in conservation projects in Nicaragua. She is credited with the success of the Wisconsin Conservation Corps, a state project for youths, and has been instrumental in the success of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, an outreach program of Northland College.
Dr. John H. Kaufmann
A volunteer for three decades, Dr. John H. Kaufmann has devoted an incredible amount of time and professional expertise to assure the success of several environmental campaigns in Florida. In restoring the Ocklawaha River to its free-flowing natural state, the Cross Florida Barge Canal was stopped and de-authorized, a 19-year battle. The focus then moved to the removal of the Rodman Dam, which has widespread support, but has stalled in the state Legislature. In the seemingly unending battle, Kaufmann and the Florida Defenders of the Environment are now building citizen coalitions to achieve their goal. Kaufmann continues as the "biological field general" in this huge voluntary undertaking.
Joseph H. Williams
A successful businessman, Joseph H. Williams has been a leading proponent and example that there should be no dichotomy between business and conservation. He chaired the first "National Forum on Growth with Environmental Quality?" nearly 25 years ago that brought together government, business and environmental leaders. He was founding chairman of the Oklahoma Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and he chairs the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve Capital Campaign, a special interest of his that has raised $8 million. He founded the Sutton Avian Research Center, and is director of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. He chairs The Nature Conservancy's Board of Governors, where he is guiding a shift of emphasis from species protection to landscape level conservation.
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