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Ithaca Conservation Award Nominations Invited

posted Jan 14, 2019, 12:02 PM by Lisa Carrier-Titti   [ updated Jan 14, 2019, 12:16 PM ]
The Town of Ithaca's Conservation Board invites nominations for their 16th annual Richard B.
Fischer Environmental Conservation Award. This award honors the late Dr. Fischer for improving
Ithaca's natural environment. A Cornell professor, nature lover, and member of our Conservation
Board, he erected many bluebird houses and helped establish New York's bottle law to reduce
waste and litter. 

Since 2003, the Town's Conservation Board has honored Betsy Darlington, Dan Hoffman, The
Museum of the Earth at PRI, Jane Moon Clark, the Ithaca College Natural Lands Committee, the
Cayuga Trails Club's Tom Reimers, the Founding President of the Finger Lakes Land Trust A. Carl
Leopold, EcoVillage at Ithaca, Cayuga Compost, the Cornell Plantations Natural Areas Program,
the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society, the Six Mile Creek Water Quality Monitors at CSI, the
Cayuga Nature Center Summer Camp Program, the Black Diamond Trail Enthusiasts Network,
and Anthony Ingraham and Elizabeth Bauman.

Both Individuals or organizations who have taken the initiative to improve Ithaca's natural
environment are eligible candidates for nomination. Selected awardees will have their names
added to a plaque in Town Hall and attached to a tree planted at a celebration in their honor in a
Town park or trail. Birch, beech, maple, oaks, poplar, sycamore, juneberry, pine and apple trees
have been dedicated at 15 ceremonies celebrating the many ways Ithaca’s loved wildlands have
been improved by honored winners.

Please nominate someone or a group you believe responsible for making Ithaca more
gorgeous. Nominations for the 2018 award must be received no later than February 28, 2019.
For submission guidelines, including news and photos of recent awardees, click HERE or
email  Michael Smith at Town Hall  or call 607-273-1747.

Residents of the Town of Ithaca interested in improving and preserving our environment are also
invited to attend the Conservation Board's meetings in Town Hall on the first Thursday of each
month at 5:30 PM. For more information regarding the Town’s Conservation Board , click HERE