Colorado Springs, CO – Nominations are now open for the ninth annual Southern Colorado Conservation Awards. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that are dedicated to stewardship, education, and innovation in conservation impacting southern Colorado. Winners are highlighted via short film at the annual dinner and ceremony happening on October 3, 2018, at The Antlers in Colorado Springs. The three award categories are:
The Stuart P. Dodge Award which honors an individual or organization for a lifetime record of conservation achievement. Past winners include Randy and Claricy Rusk, Corwin Brown, Lewis Fillmore, and Steve Wooten.
The Environmental Stewardship Award which recognizes an individual or organization that has positively impacted the land and the way members of our communities understand and respect their relationship to it. Stewardship efforts may include contributing to significant land protection, exceptional land management practices, educational programs, through strong grassroots efforts or by way of example. Past winners include Kalem Lenard for Oil Well Flats, the Galileo Gardens Project, Dr. Curt Sorenson, and Coalition for the Upper South Platte.
The Innovation in Conservation Award pays tribute to an individual, group, project, or program that has advanced the cause of conservation by developing new conservation models, creating new conservation funding mechanisms, or implementing unique conservation partnerships. Past winners include the Colorado Water Trust, Rocky Ford Grower’s Association, Hirakata Farms, and the Colorado Birding Trail.
Nominations will be accepted through March 30, 2018. They can be sent to Palmer Land Trust at 102 S. Tejon Street, Suite 360, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, or emailed to Erica Oakley-Courage at [email protected].
About Palmer Land Trust
Palmer Land Trust was formed in 1977 after a group of passionate Colorado Springs residents focused on establishing and protecting public open spaces and parks in the area. Today, Palmer Land Trust is one of the 18 largest local land trusts in the country based on conserved acreage easement holdings and it is one of the country’s first 100 nationally accredited land trusts.