1993 Feinstone Environmental Awards
1993 Awards Recipients
Robbins Barstow co-founded the Connecticut Cetacean Society (CCS) and has served as its volunteer executive director for 18 years. His efforts to protect whales, dolphins, and porpoises evolved to the international scene, where he works with the International Whaling Commission--a unique accomplishment for a volunteer. CCS changed its name to Cetacean Society International, and is now operating in over 20 countries. He has represented the U.S. at United Nations meetings, and is an effective communicator and educator. He is still working full time as a volunteer at age 73.
An indefatigable volunteer, Joe Feller is leading the effort in the Southwest to bring the Bureau of Land Management into compliance with environmental laws, and to allow the public to participate in decision-making processes. His educational efforts are building a corps of volunteers that is multiplying his efforts. Rangelands have been so desecrated that benchmarks of original conditions are rare--Feller documents these and uses the data in court cases. This work requires unending hours in the field, and is carried on at great personal expense. A brilliant legal strategist, Feller has the attention of government bureaucrats in the region.
Gilbert and Josephine Fernandez
Starting their work about 30 years ago, Gilbert and Josephine Fernandez documented the drastic osprey reproduction failures due to environmental contaminants. While they worked in Buzzards Bay--named for the large number of ospreys in the area--their findings were applicable to the entire coastal region. Simultaneously, working with the Massachusetts Audubon Society and the Manomet Bird Observatory, they began to construct nesting platforms which were enormously successful--they now maintain 100 of these. Working with many agencies and organizations, they have been volunteer leaders in natural resource management issues, and have been instrumental in educating the public about the plight of the coastal zone.
Kathleen Goddard Jones
For some 30 years, Kathleen Goddard Jones has actively led campaigns to preserve one of the largest relatively undisturbed dune complexes in the nation. Known as Nipomo Dunes, it is comprised of 18 miles of Pacific coast from Point Sal to Pismo State Beach. With the motto, "I don't fight. I educate," she was instrumental in moving a proposed nuclear power plant to another site. People For Nipomo Dunes, an environmental coalition formed in her living room, successfully lobbied a $770 million environmental initiative, of which $14 million was earmarked for the dunes. She has worked with The Nature Conservancy to create and manage the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Preserve, and continues to lead nature walks for Girl Scouts and other public groups.
Ross D. Murphy
In the incredibly short period of four years, Ross D. Murphy was the "spark and motivator" that accomplished what had been tried before and failed. The goal was to preserve some 80,000 acres of hardwood bottomlands called the Deep Fork River Wetlands, comprising 25 percent of wetlands extant in Oklahoma. Murphy forged a coalition of many environmental groups and community organizations to support the concept, and convinced hundreds of landowners that a willing seller/lease approach was in their best interest. His next effort was to secure funding, public and private, to start acquisitions. A 20,000-acre National Wildlife Refuge adjacent to a 60,000-acre State Wildlife Management Area has been created, and $3,770,000 have been committed or allocated for land acquisition. A singular achievement!
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