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1980 Feinstone Environmental Awards

1980 Awards Recipients

J. Anthony AngellJ. Anthony Angell
J. ANTHONY ANGELL has been particularly effective in many communications/education campaigns to alert citizens to the opportunities they have in the Pacific Northwest to protect, enhance and study the physical environment. He played a key role in developing public involvement in "The Energy 1990 Study" to explore Seattle's future energy options, which has been praised in the U.S. Congress. Volunteering his artistic talents and his knowledge of nature and ecology, he has been crucial to many projects such as protecting the wintering bald eagles on the Skagit River, restoring McAleer Creek and using it as an outdoor learning laboratory, protecting valuable farmland and open space in the Green River Valley, protecting a number of salmon spawning streams in the Seattle area, and producing many public service films concerning natural resources and the environment. Additionally, he has provided leadership to conservation organizations, including the Washington Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and the Seattle Audubon Society, both of which he has served as president. In all of his activities he has been effective working with citizen groups, government agencies and private industry in finding common ground.

Theodore M. and Ann O. Edison
As pioneers in the field of wilderness and open space preservation, THEODORE M. and ANN 0. EDISON have quietly used their time, talents and money over a 30-year period to raise the national consciousness, support national programs, and wage local campaigns ranging from Corkscrew Swamp in Florida to Monhegan Island in Maine. Providing the first sizable gift ever received--in 1953--by the newly founded The Nature Conservancy, the Edisons are credited with launching that organization during its early crucial years with continued moral support, valuable direction, and sizable unrestricted gifts. In addition to these activities, voluntary efforts aimed at specific projects were undertaken with exquisite timing. The Monhegan wild land project is another example where personal effort and philanthropy were teamed to protect valuable open space, create community awareness to the value of the wild environment, and provide public nature trails and a museum. The Edisons have coupled their environmental sensitivity with a sound philosophical approach to the conservation of open space.

Arthur GlowkaArthur Glowka
ARTHUR GLOWKA has used his scientific and ecological knowledge as a volunteer to muster citizen support for environmental protection in the Hudson River and Long Island Sound for nearly 20 years. A classic activist, he is a founding director of the Hudson River Fisherman's Association, and has led that organization in many projects. Among their accomplishments are stopping the mass slaughter of striped bass by the first Indian Point nuclear power plant, and exposing the cover-up attempts of the fish kills by a utility and a state agency; resurrecting the Federal Refuse Act of 1899; stopping the Storm King pumping project on environmental grounds; forcing the New York National Guard to restore a Hudson River marsh it was filling for a parking lot; using for the first time the Freedom of Information Act to uncover polluters; and bringing the legal action in the case of PCB pollution in the Hudson River. Glowka is a recognized citizen expert serving many organizations, and is president of the Long Island Sound Taskforce of the Oceanic Society. He has written many articles and made many public appearances communicating the importance of volunteering, and created the "Bag-A-Polluter" campaign that furnishes postpaid cards for citizens to use in reporting pollution cases.

Barbara C. HortonBarbara C. Horton
An early volunteer for The Nature Conservancy, BARBARA C. HORTON has been an active conservationist for more than 15 years. She has used her knowledge of wilderness and wildlife to catch the public's attention and support. Among the campaigns in which she has played a key role are the Big Morongo Preserve, a unique high desert oasis and sanctuary; Oasis de los Osos Preserve, a fragile desert micro-environment with a great variety of plants; Bighorn Sheep Preserve, essential habitat for the endangered peninsular desert bighorn; Dorland Preserve; 450 acres in Riverside County; and Santa Cruz Island, a $5.5 million project encompassing 55,000 acres. Horton's efforts were important in acquiring the Desert Tortoise Preserve and the Cold Creek-Murphy Preserve. One of her more outstanding contributions is the creation of Dorland Colony at Dorland Preserve where artists, musicians, and writers can live and work. It is her belief that art and nature are closely interrelated and that the development of a conservation philosophy is dependent upon this relationship.

Verna F. McNamaraVerna F. McNamara
For the past nine years, since VERNA F. McNAMARA became a resident of Jekyll Island, she has immersed herself in many projects to protect the fragile wetlands and dunes of coastal Georgia. As president and a director of the Coastal Georgia Audubon Society, McNamara led campaigns for a local dune protection ordinance and passage of the State Marshland Protection Act, and then fought off attempts to weaken the act. Her volunteer activities have included the protection of a heron rookery, publicizing illegal hunting on federal property, stopping the use of a dangerous pesticide on a golf course, initiating a loggerhead sea turtle nesting research and protection program, and starting a solid waste recycling project. Her painstaking research and attention to facts have been responsible for local officials abandoning major construction projects planned for ecologically sensitive wetland areas, including several U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans for erosion control and harbor modification, an oil refinery on Colonel's Island, and the Big Mortar-Snuff Box Swamp channelization project. McNamara has in a short time gained respect for her reasoned positions and constructive approach that she brings to environmental problems.

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