Leading conservationist Jane Goodall
Jane Goodall Leading conservationist Jane Goodall © Jane Goodall Institute

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Utah Conservation Organizations Honor Jane Goodall

Salt Lake City, UT

The Nature Conservancy, the Pax Natura Foundation and the Wallace Stegner Center at the University of Utah joined together today to honor Dr. Jane Goodall – Ph. D, DBE, U.N. messenger for peace, and one of the leading conservationists in the world.

At a special ceremony held at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, the Pax Natura Foundation presented Dr. Goodall with its 2019 Pax Natura Award – the organization’s highest honor. The Utah-based Pax Natura Foundation is known for its leading-edge work to protect rain forests and unique species and ecosystems in Costa Rica. The Foundation also works to improve agricultural practices, promote renewable energy development and enhance watershed protection.

Each year, the Foundation presents its highest honor, the Pax Natura Award, to an individual whose life work exemplifies the highest ideals of Peace with Nature. 

Jane is the epitome of peace and nature with her wisdom and gentle way of being determined but not controversial. Her head and heart are a beautiful combination.

President, Pax Natura Foundation

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) works collaboratively around the world to protect land and water to benefit people and nature. Now in its 68th year, Dr. Walter Cottam of the University of Utah was one of TNC’s founders. The organization, which has over one million members, has conserved more than 119,000,000 acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers. One example of a joint TNC-Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) collaboration is a project in Tanzania that improves the health of families, fisheries and forests. In Utah alone, TNC has protected over a million acres of public and private land. 

Commenting on Dr. Goodall’s remarkable career, Dave Livermore, Utah State Director for the Nature Conservancy, said, “Jane Goodall is a beacon of hope. She has done more for species conservation and the protection of natural lands than any other single living individual. Her tireless devotion to protecting the Earth is an inspiration for all those involved in the conservation movement and young people around the world.” 

Today’s ceremony honoring Dr. Goodall was hosted by The Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment (The Stegner Center) at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. Carrying on the conservation traditions of Wallace Stegner, a Pulitzer prize winning author, noted conservationist and defender of Utah’s canyon country, The Stegner Center is known for its Annual Symposia bringing experts from throughout the US to discuss land use and conservation issues.

Welcoming Dr. Goodall, Bob Keiter, Director of the Stegner Center said, “It is a tremendous honor to have Jane Goodall here with us at The Stegner Center. We salute Dr. Goodall as one of the greatest voices for conservation and the environment of our time. This is a day we will never forget.”

Also on hand to honor Dr. Goodall was Forest Cuch, a tribal leader of the Ute Mountain Indian Tribe and past Director of the State Department of Indian Affairs. Mr. Cuch presented Dr. Goodall with a Chief Joseph Peace Blanket and peace pipe. Dr. Goodall has long been an advocate for indigenous peoples and a supporter of conservation partnerships which honor tribal and first nation lands.

After the award ceremony, Dr. Goodall spoke to an overflow crowd in the S. J. Quinney College of Law Auditorium. Her topic: Reasons for Hope resonated with the young people, students and dignitaries gathered to hear her remarks. 

Today’s ceremony honoring Dr. Goodall has been the capstone of a week spent in Utah. Earlier this week, Dr. Goodall was the keynote speaker for Park City’s Mountain Town 2030 Net Zero Conference. She also held events celebrating the work of her Roots and Shoots program in Utah and around the world.

About Jane Goodall 

Jane Goodall, Ph.D, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, has been a champion for non-human animals, human rights, environmental protection and a conservation leader for decades. As a trailblazer in animal behavior research, Dr.Goodall pioneered studies on the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park, Tanzania, offering a remarkable window into the lives of our closest living relatives and redefined our relationship to the rest of the animal kingdom. Dr. Goodall spends 300 days a year traveling the world inspiring people to make compassionate decisions and take action to build a better world for all. She believes everyone has a role to play and can make a difference. She was made a Dame of the British Empire (DBE) in 2004 during a ceremony at the Buckingham Palace in London, and in 2006, she received the French Legion of Honor, presented by the Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, as well as the UNESCO Gold Medal Award. The National Geographic biographical film about Dr. Goodall, titled Jane, had its world premier at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and has received rave reviews and won over 20 awards

About The Jane Goodall Institute

The Jane Goodall Institute promotes understanding and protection of great apes and their habitat and builds on the legacy of Dr. Jane Goodall, its founder, to inspire individual action by young people of all ages to help animals, other people and to protect the world we all share. Its community-centered approach to conservation protects chimpanzees and gives people reason to hope, and act, for a better world. Its Roots and Shoots Program educating and engaging youth in conservation initiatives has enrolled 2,118 registered groups, reaching over 63,000 young people in all 50 states.

For more information contact Shawn Sweeney, ssweeney@janegoodall.org, 703-682-9283

About the Pax Natura Foundation

The Pax Natura works to promote and protect the ecological health and well being of the natural world through a diverse set of initiatives such as agro-ecology, avoided deforestation carbon credits (REDD), renewable-energy development, biodiversity conservation, watershed protection, exposing the risks of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and by joining in partnerships with other conservation organizations. The organization’s charter commits Pax Natura to the six Founding Principals of: l.) The Web of Life, 2.) Ecological Sovereignty, 3.) Indigenous Health Care, 4.) Ecological Agriculture, 5.) Sustainable Development, and 6.) Social and Economic Justice.

For more information contact: Randall Tolpinrud, President, www.paxnatura.org, 801-641-5570 

About The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is an international conservation organization which works collaboratively to protect ecologically significant lands and waters for people and nature. Guided by science, TNC seeks on the ground solutions to achieve lasting conservation results. The organization has over one million members and programs in all 50 states and 40 foreign countries and has conserved more than 119,000,000 acres of land and thousands of river miles worldwide. In Utah, working with partners, the Conservancy has helped protect over one million acres of public and private land while earning the support of 6,000 members, an active board of 25 civic leaders, and over 800 volunteers.

For more information contact: Tracey Stone, tstone@tnc.org, 602-738-1586

About The Wallace Stegner Center

The Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment (The Stegner Center) at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, is named after the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and conservationist Wallace Stegner; a long time Utah resident and graduate of the University of Utah. It is dedicated to understanding today’s critical environmental challenges and to increasing public understanding and promoting dialogue about how to live within environmental limits. The Center offers students a variety of educational opportunities, including a J.D. Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law; an LL.M. degree; an environmental clinic and practical skills curriculum; numerous substantive law courses; an Environmental Dispute Resolution Program; an annual symposium open to the public and a variety of other events and speakers at the College of Law. 

For more information contact: Jan Nystrom, jan.nystrom@law.utah.edu, 801-581-5035

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 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.