The Nature Conservancy today announced the selection of Governor Deval Patrick for its annual Conservationist of the Year award.
“I am humbled to receive this honor, and proud of the work we have done to protect over 100,000 acres of land and create or improve parks in over 310 communities throughout the Commonwealth,” said Governor Patrick.
“Here in Massachusetts we know that conserving land, and investing in open space and parks will create a stronger, healthier Commonwealth for generations to come,” Patrick said.
“Governor Patrick is establishing a legacy of conservation accomplishments that are nationally significant and will benefit the people of Massachusetts for many years,” said Wayne Klockner, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts.
Under Patrick’s leadership, Massachusetts has:
“Governor Patrick is a strong conservationist, working for both the people of Massachusetts and the natural resources that we all depend upon,” Klockner said.
The Conservationist of the Year award was created in 2005 to recognize the efforts of conservation leaders in protecting the state’s lands and waters. Nature Conservancy staff and trustees periodically select an individual to honor who has made a significant impact on conservation in Massachusetts. Prior honorees include:
2010: Mary Griffin, Commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game
2008: Ian Bowles, Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
2008: Bernie McHugh, Volunteer Coordinator, Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition
2007: Henry Woolsey, Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program
2006: Rep. John Olver, 1st District Congressman
2005: Robert O’Connor, Director of Land and Forest Conservation for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.
Learn more about the Conservationist of the Year Award.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.