Winners of the Richard B. Fischer Annual Environmental Conservation Recognition Award

2019 Cayuga Bird Club
Carefully following COVID-19 safety measures, on September 20, 2020 a select group of Town of Ithaca conservationists met with Cayuga Bird Club members to celebrate their winning the 2019 Fisher Award by planting a dozen native amalanchier seedlings around the playground in Salem Park. Adjacent to Sapsucker Woods and Cornell's Laboratory of Ornithology, this site was chosen to provide tasty juneberries for Ithaca’s birds. The Bird Club won the Fischer Award for the ongoing work their Conservation Action Committee has done removing invasive species and planting native flora to improve bird habitat on Lighthouse Point.         

2018 New York State Hemlock Initiative



2017   Tony Ingraham and Liz Bauman,
Owl Gorge Productions :

The Finger Lakes Native Plant Society

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. 

Cayuga Compost

EcoVillage at Ithaca

Finger Lakes Land Trust

Tom Reimers

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