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1997 Feinstone Environmental Awards

1997 Awards Recipients

Harry “Skip” Edwards, Crawford, Colorado
Skip Edwards has tirelessly given his time and effort to protect the Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River from a mining claim. Because the claim is located near the head of Westwater, a remote and pristine desert river canyon, a large block of land including the canyon was excluded from the Utah Wilderness Bill.

Mr. Edwards traveled to Washington, DC to speak to members of Congress in an attempt to include the Westwater Canyon in the Utah Wilderness Bill. He also spent countless hours on the phone, writing letters and talking with news agencies, reporters, local ranchers and river activists.

In the spring of 1996, the proposed Utah Wilderness legislation, which excluded the land at Westwater, was defeated in Congress. This was a victory for those wanting to preserve the millions of acres of wilderness that was not included in the Utah bills.

Samuel F. Pryor III, Boston, MA
Samuel Pryor has been an active member of the Appalachian Mountain Club for over two decades, volunteering his time as president of the AMC, as a member of the Executive Committee and as chair of the AMC Advisory Board.

An example of Mr. Pryor's many achievements was his effort to save Sterling Forest from development. Working with Public Private Partnership to Save the Sterling Forest, Samuel Pryor mobilized the Appalachian Mountain Club on the leadership and chapter levels, along with a vast array of conservation organizations and leaders in the New York/New Jersey area, in an all-out effort to preserve miles of wilderness in the Sterling Forest of New York and New Jersey.

He developed and cultivated relationships with numerous congressional leaders and was instrumental in persuading Speaker Newt Gingrich and others to pass authorizing legislation and to appropriate federal funds for the acquisition of Sterling Forest. Mr. Pryor was also successful in helping New York and New Jersey legislative bodies appropriate funds.

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