Previous winners of the Richard B. Fischer Annual Environmental Conservation Recognition Award

2015
Cayuga Nature Center Summer Camp Program
Dayna Jorgenson (Environmental Education Manager and head of the CNC Summer Camp) and Matt Sacco (Director of Programs) received a certificate for the award from Town Supervisor Bill Goodman.


Planted in their honor, along the East Ithaca Recreation Way, a tulip tree commemorates their 30 years of teaching Ithaca children the importance of conserving nature.






2014
The Six Mile Creek Water Quality Monitor Volunteers
https://93a1964b-a-678fb79c-s-sites.googlegroups.com/a/town.ithaca.ny.us/town-of-ithaca/richard-fischer-award/2014-richard-fischer-environmental-conservation-award-recipient/2104RFA.jpg?attachauth=ANoY7cr7EHiokmfm5b0iPi8pvorRtxu4j7w_LybV2dMce7dCzILL9A33-tXj3UkgOvmx7pTsbSekXcczVh0EJVdS2c_203vxpD-SNqMZk38MjAHaUarEYT9f1luFinrEd1tLMp_YeYm8kgDegx4J7SpbVQV6wd00i2kkj0Q5AVwjEIK-pJAgdUhy_1adDhUQy2-fCbUwQTg4f2r5nDtnR6-RCbX8ZpPPWE4nt_-QwLVwvWr1ErtcIiu9WOreTS5wOEr3wWKNHnrdkbfDYSF9CcpVcFFOBWBiFlqVJIJs-bAkyKwopiynL8qR8UKT8rz4Jonw3eVc91riOvdl9UWRylSLCd_QM40zuA%3D%3D&attredirects=0Twenty-one happy tree-huggers attended the 12th annual Fischer Award ceremony, where they planted an eight-foot tall sycamore tree in Grandview Park, uphill of the thirty-foot dam on Six Mile Creek. The Six Mile Creek Water Quality Monitor Volunteers at the Community Science Institute were honored for their ten years of continuous water sampling, collecting both benthic macroinvertebrates for biological analyses, and water samples for chemical examination, which establish scientific and certified proof of the health of this important watershed in the Town. For more about the Six Mile Monitors,  visit http://communityscience.org/volunteer/







2013

The Finger Lakes Native Plant Society
https://93a1964b-a-678fb79c-s-sites.googlegroups.com/a/town.ithaca.ny.us/town-of-ithaca/richard-fischer-award/2013-richard-fishcer-environmental-conservation-award-recipient/Fischer%20Award%206.jpg?attachauth=ANoY7crB9zvh5kZY7y2LkLo8NtVA_aXUiMkbzMKQNI1CtpXCYV_YtyI4CF4qFE5Pex-AmaGzt1fbuPQW5ab6tfugjks2Vplsxf-rm2H7HmeqRQGeUYXLECxGm_YoxD5L8HPNy8SYHKLi99UDCvCDQlOP4BrG0KB8lluU176kQMjH8RgMuZzFSdTSKcOWWEmFWxNLRxTJVhY5XZdU69C0coIuvQqDS1wc3qoj1nb9elpwZhx9veZw62hip39CD5vHFHTfq2j3KiS9hR47s1Hwjqm69JpmAqATKmcR0ZWulyt5L6Dhx3gFoZVH0VZ1pgqx66XHXMlsAYz6CbkzynTkI0TFfsXxywaUeA%3D%3D&attredirects=0The award was established by the Town of Ithaca Conservation Board to honor Dr. Fischer for his significant efforts to preserve important environmental resources in the Town.   Members of the Conservation Board and the Town Supervisor presented the award to representatives of the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society at a tree planting ceremony on May4, 2014 along the South Hill Recreation Way near the Juniper Drive trail entrance. The Finger Lakes Native Plant Society (http://flnps.org/) is being honored for their active contribution to the improvement of the Town of Ithaca’s natural environment.  The FLNPS is primarily an education organization, with programs for experts and those who have just discovered native flora.  They organize talks, public field trips, and other activities related to conservation of native plant and their habitats.  They also organize education and activities on threats to our native flora, including invasive plants and insects and their control.  https://93a1964b-a-678fb79c-s-sites.googlegroups.com/a/town.ithaca.ny.us/town-of-ithaca/richard-fischer-award/2013-richard-fishcer-environmental-conservation-award-recipient/Fischer%20Award%207.jpg?attachauth=ANoY7coX6JwKfwbmYuRM4zVYwPXemNFY7_qpD_UX6HAVpNpdZyBBdQzr0gf1OxqEvgQGNbE4mRzgg3UHhKWvZ2fZKrY0D5I4a5TdE2rmJEXsurRZxr6bi_t49Z3tAp_2edhTCemKakQYwav2ruOR_4oRZ68oFGtskiv0CLqkCVkW9iEgrEqGrrNzLnuZsK1otdVDqUopZD1FjOUT1VV-kqJtwSXw5aWSepYoS_POPkuetotLJLdaxMlB-dHyVB-H6FLNLQMTg2Fyfw8BJ5QPizbGCSj6zsVrB5LkoS-i0PwkLRNHQjCK_EaLkXsMsm3STDG48xGNhRNFwzpNV7_O3u4BGmLmZVYOmg%3D%3D&attredirects=0The FLNPS encourages the use of ethically propagated native plants in private and public gardens and holds an annual native plant sale.










2012
Cornell Plantations Natural Areas Program

Cornell Plantations Natural Areas Program is the recipient of the tenth annual Richard B. Fischer Environmental Conservation Award. The award was established by the Town of Ithaca Conservation Board to honor Dr. Fischer for his significant efforts to preserve important environmental resources in the Town.

Members of the Conservation Board presented the award to representatives of the Cornell Plantations Natural Areas Program at a tree planting ceremony on May, 11, 2013, along the East Ithaca Recreation Way, approximately half way between the Game Farm Road and Maple Avenue trailheads, across from the McDaniel's Nut Grove Kiosk. 


Cornell Plantations Natural Areas Program is being honored for their active contribution to the improvement of the Town of Ithaca’s natural environment.  They are stewards of more than 3,400 acres of biologically

important sites throughout the Fingers Lakes Region.  Within the Town of Ithaca, Plantations protects and manages nearly 600 acres of natural areas, including Bluegrass Lane, Coy Glen, Lick Brook, Mitchell Street Hawthorn Thicket, Steep Hollow Creek, South Hill Swamp, and Upper Cascadilla Creek.  Their commitment to sustainability, continuous work maintaining recreational access to nature, and dedication to teaching citizens about nature stewardship in and around Ithaca make us really glad to have them in our neighborhood. 





2011
Cayuga Compost

Cayuga Compost, a Ulysses company owned by Jim and Mary Proctor, and managed by Mark Wittig, who started the composting operation at Cayuga Nature Center, has won the Fischer Award for its extensive service to the Town of Ithaca's schools, hospital, and residents.
Not only does Cayuga Compost divert many tons of food waste from landfill; they convert this resource into a valuable and affordable gardening treasure. Visit Cayuga Compost's webpage at http://cayugacompost.com/compost.htm or call them at (607) 387-6826 for more information.















2010
EcoVillage at Ithaca

The Richard B. Fischer Environmental Conservation Award for 2010 was given to EcoVillage at Ithaca in honor of thier active and continuing contribution to the improvement of the Town's natural environment, as they model ecologically sustainable living that saves land and energy, promotes local organic food production, and proves this comfortable Ithacan way of life can conserve the long term health of our Earth.

Members of the Town of Ithaca Conservation Board presented the award to EcoVillage at Ithaca at a tree planting ceremony held on May 14, 2011 at the Town of Ithaca's Westhaven Preserve, located at the end of  Helen's Way.









2009
Finger Lakes Land Trust


A. Carl Leopold, founding president of the Finger Lakes Land Trust, is the recipient of the seventh annual Richard B. Fischer Environmental Conservation Award.  The award was established by the Town of Ithaca Conservation Board to honor Dr. Fischer for his significant efforts to preserve important environmental resources in the Town. 

Carl Leopold is being honored for his lasting contribution to the preservation of natural areas in and around the Town of Ithaca. His clear and ethical vision of the importance of a healthy watershed has left Ithaca a better place, especially in the Sweedler Preserve at Lick Brook, and the conservation easements along Six Mile Creek. At a Tree Planting Ceremony on May 22, 2010, at East Shore Park, Town Supervisor, Herb Engman, and members of the Conservation Board presented the award to Lynn Leopold.

A serviceberry tree was planted, and it holds a met
al tag explaining that it was planted in Carl’s memory. The R.B. Fischer Award plaque, located in the lobby of Town Hall, also bears his name.







2008
Tom Reimers

Dianne Conneman, Conservation Board Chair, presents a plaque to Tom Reimers
Tom Reimers is the recipient of the sixth annual Richard B. Fischer Environmental Conservation Award.  Tom is being honored for his many years of volunteer work with the Cayuga Trails Club, the Finger Lakes Trail Conference, the North County Trail Association and the Finger Lakes Land Trust. Connecting Ithacans to natural areas in and around our town, by both words and deeds, as editor, administrator, teacher and avid hiker, Tom has blazed a path through open spaces and undeveloped lands, leading us to appreciate and to preserve them. 

A tree planting ceremony to honor Tom Reimers was held on May 29, 2009 at the Mitchell Street entrance to the East Hill Recreation Way in the Town of Ithaca.  An Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry tree was planted, while Tom’s accomplishments were recognized in the presence of his many friends, colleagues and neighbors.  The tree holds a metal tag explaining that it was planted in honor of Tom.  The R. B. Fischer Award plaque, located in the lobby of Town Hall, also bears his name.


2007
The Ithaca College Natural Lands Committee

The Ithaca College Natural Lands Committee is the recipient of the fifth annual Richard B. Fischer Environmental Conservation Award.  

 The Ithaca College Natural Lands Committee (ICNL Committee) was selected to receive this award to recognize their initiative to sustainably manage and protect biologically rich properties owned by Ithaca College.  The ICNL Committee members represent a broad array of college faculty, staff, administration, and students.  The ICNL Committee was formed three years ago in response to a proposed logging plan on the College’s natural lands.  The Committee utilizes the college-owned properties as a teaching resource, not only for students but also for the community through interpretive walks and proposed self-guided trails. 
 

A tree planting ceremony to honor the ICNL was held on May 13, 2008 at the Coddington Road entrance to the South Hill Recreation Way in the Town of Ithaca.  The Tulip tree was planted along the popular town trail with help from ICNL and Conservation Board members.  The tree holds a metal tag explaining that it was planted in honor of ICNL, and the R. B. Fischer Award plaque, located in the lobby of Town Hall, also bears their name.

Previous years award winners:
Betsy Darlington, 2003; Dan Hoffman, 2004; Museum of the Earth at PRI, 2005; Jane Moon Clark, 2006