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Paying Tribute to Volunteers who Protect Important Places across State

The Nature Conservancy honors two stellar volunteers at awards ceremony

PORTLAND, OREGON | March 09, 2013

The Nature Conservancy in Oregon honored volunteers for their outstanding work protecting important natural areas as well as supporting staff with marketing, administrative and technical projects. The Conservancy thanked more than 100 active statewide volunteers at a reception held at the Oregon Zoo in Portland last night.

Two exceptional volunteers, Susan Healy and Morgan Parks, received the Ray C. Davis Volunteer of the Year Award. Ray C. Davis was one of the first volunteers in Oregon and served tirelessly for more than 40 years.

Susan Healy, of Portland, knows her way around a computer. From checking data entries for accuracy and editing electronic newsletters, her technical skills and attention to detail are famous among staff. In addition to office support, this life-long hiker is a volunteer naturalist at Cascade Head near Lincoln City, where she greets and educates visitors about habitats and wildlife.

For Susan, volunteering is about reciprocating nature’s gifts. “Working alongside fantastic Conservancy staff and volunteers has been a wonderful opportunity for me to give a little back,” says Susan.

Morgan Parks, of Eagle Creek, joined the Conservancy as an AmeriCorps member. After overhauling manuals for the chapter’s naturalist volunteers, she was inspired to become one herself. The 30-year-old also serves in a leadership role at restoration events. Plus, she launched and managed the chapter’s social media outreach for more than a year, connecting with hundreds of supporters.

Volunteering with the Conservancy means a lot to Morgan. “Good work, great friends and favorite places are just a few of the reasons,” says the avid hiker. 

The Oregon Chapter has one of the strongest Conservancy volunteer programs in the nation with 700 people across the state donating their time to protect beautiful and important places. “Without dedicated supporters, our successes would not be possible,” says Molly Dougherty, Oregon’s volunteer program director. “We are so grateful to Susan, Morgan and all of the volunteers who donate their time to help us. Thank you!”

Learn about volunteer opportunities with The Nature Conservancy in Oregon.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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Tracey Stone
The Nature Conservancy

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