1978 Feinstone Environmental Awards
1978 Awards Recipients
For the past seven years, ALICE BERKNER has served as the unsalaried executive director of the International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC), an organization dedicated to saving oiled birds. The organization, formed following the 1971 San Francisco Bay oil spill, owes its existence to Berkner's skill in mobilizing other volunteers. Through the IBRRC she has pioneered methods for cleaning and rehabilitating contaminated birds that have become widely accepted by governmental agencies and conservation organizations. When the IBRRC began operations, only five percent of rescued and treated birds survived; today, 60 percent are routinely released. Berkner has given training seminars throughout the United States, and trainees from various locations have studied in residence at the IBRRC. She has been associated with several technical papers relating to the treatment of oiled birds, and edited Saving Our Seabirds, a new manual on the subject.
For nearly four decades, DOROTHY ERSKINE has lead the most effective citizen-based efforts to improve and maintain the environment of the San Francisco area. Beginning with a movement that resulted in the creation of the city's Housing Authority, she continued by spearheading the evolution of SPUR--San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association. Expanding her activities to the entire nine-county area, Erskine helped found People for Open Space (POS) which has become widely recognized for its effectiveness in planning, conservation, and citizen educational needs in the metropolitan region. Through POS she has contributed to the successful development of local and regional parks. Typical of her many activities is the 1960's plan that proposed the nation's first regional greenbelt (3.4 million acres) to help maintain a healthy balance between urban and natural areas surrounding the Bay, an effort she is still pursuing.
Edward C, Fritz
A broad‑gauged environmentalist, EDWARD C. FRITZ began his volunteer career in 1952 by organizing the Dallas County Audubon Society, the first chapter in the state. In the years following, he was instrumental in the campaign to establish the Big Thicket National Preserve in 1974, led the effort to protect the Trinity River from channelization, was active in the effort to bring about Texas stripmine control legislation, organized the legislative drive to establish a $1.5 million Texas Natural Heritage Program, and planned the legal strategy to protect the Four-Notch area from clear-cutting. Fritz has a record of turning leadership over to other volunteers once a campaign is launched, but currently heads the Texas Committee on Natural Resources, the Texas League of Conservation Voters, and the Texas Natural Area Survey. Retired from law practice, he devotes himself full-time to the legal side of environmental matters.
A well‑researched, politically astute and practical approach to land-use conflicts and other environmental problems in California has characterized the nearly 50 years of activism of ANNA LAURA MYERS. Through letter writing campaigns she has been successful in bringing logic to the scene of controversy and emotion. Starting with early struggles to protect redwoods, her activities have included projects dealing with wilderness, parklands, shorelines, oil drilling, a prairie preserve, federal timber cutting legislation, and wildlife conservation. Closely identified with the bitter struggle surrounding the proposed development of Mineral King, Myers successfully cleared herself of criminal charges emanating from the case, and continues this campaign at the present time. Active in the Sierra Club and many other conservation organizations, Myers has also participated in a number of civic activities.
Hazel A. Wolf
HAZEL A. WOLF has exhibited great organizational skill in building and mobilizing environmental organizations, primarily the Seattle Audubon Society and the Audubon Society of Washington. During the 13 years she directed these organizations, the Seattle chapter grew from 400 to 3,000 members and the State Society chartered 16 chapters. Currently, she manages the Seattle Audubon Office and conducts a broad environmental program as a volunteer. Wolf was responsible for a bird sanctuary being created on Wenas Creek by the Boise Cascade Corporation, has brought the Audubon Society and the state game department together on various projects, was instrumental in getting auto license revenues earmarked for non-game wildlife management, and has actively engaged in Olympic National Park projects. She is largely responsible for the success of the "Trailside Series," natural history guide books covering a variety of topics.
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