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Longtime Conservation Advocate Chris Robinson Honored as a Champion for Nature

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Advocate for Nature Vice-Chair of TNC’s Utah Chapter Trustee Board Chris Robinson honored with the Nature's Advocate Award. © Lynda Richardson

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) honored Chris Robinson of Utah earlier this month with its Nature’s Advocate Award. The award is given annually to several state- and country-level TNC trustees who are champions for government policies that will help address climate change and conservation challenges. TNC is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.

Robinson, Vice-Chair of TNC’s Utah Chapter Trustee Board, has been a key advocate for conservation with leaders and policymakers in Utah and beyond. Chris’ work at the federal level and across state lines has been instrumental in building and advancing support for ambitious legislation, including the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

"Without his efforts, much of the progress achieved through these measures and more would not have been possible. We are so grateful for Chris, who for years has worked his magic as an invaluable leader and advocate on behalf of TNC and conservation,” said Dave Livermore TNC Utah’s State Director. “Chris has used his vast knowledge, talents and connections to help secure historic nature and climate policy advances in Utah and nationwide.”    

Quote: Dave Livermore

Without his efforts, much of the progress achieved through these measures and more would not have been possible. We are so grateful for Chris, who for years has worked his magic as an invaluable leader and advocate on behalf of TNC and conservation.

TNC Utah’s State Director

Chris has long served as a valuable voice for conservation with key local, regional and national decision-makers. Robinson is the Vice Chair of the Summit County Council, on the Advisory Council for the Colorado River Authority of Utah and was a member of the Bureau of Land Management’s Utah Resource Advisory Council. As one of Utah’s largest livestock operators, he is deeply committed to land stewardship and is a valuable ambassador for conservation within Utah’s ranching community.

“I’m thrilled to be honored by TNC, an organization that I am very proud to serve,” says Chris Robinson. “For me, it’s heartening to see that so many of our citizens, leaders and decision-makers can and do agree on good policy decisions that benefit nature and people.”

Quote: Chris Robinson

“I’m thrilled to be honored by TNC, an organization that I am very proud to serve. For me, it’s heartening to see that so many of our citizens, leaders and decision-makers can and do agree on good policy decisions that benefit nature and people.”

Vice-Chair of TNC’s Utah Chapter Trustee Board

Robinson received the award from former U.S. Senator Bill Frist, who also serves as chair of TNC’s global Board of Directors, at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The event was attended by several hundred TNC trustees and staff who were there to discuss conservation and climate change-related issues with Congressional leaders.  

Other winners of the award are Lorelei Cloud, a Tribal Nations leader from Colorado, and James Mworia, the CEO of the largest publicly traded private capital firm in Eastern Africa.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in more than 70 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.