We are excited to announce the recipients of the New Hampshire Chapter's 2016 awards for conservation excellence!
Presented annually, these awards recognize individuals, organizations and agencies that have made remarkable contributions to the Conservancy’s mission and to conservation in New Hampshire.
“We are thankful for the contributions of so many across our state to conserve the unique character, quality of life and natural abundance we enjoy,” said State Director Mark Zankel “With these annual awards, we recognize individuals and organizations who, through their hard work and achievements, have gone above and beyond in protecting what is most special about New Hampshire.”
Get to know our award recipients below!
CONSERVATION LEADERSHIP: Given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in helping advance the Conservancy’s mission in New Hampshire and beyond.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen — Throughout her career in public service, Sen. Shaheen has been a champion for New Hampshire’s environment. As governor, she helped establish the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, co-chaired the task force that led to the protection of 171,000 acres in the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters and signed New Hampshire’s Clean Power Act—first of its kind legislation to reduce emissions from power plants. In the Senate, she has been a leader on energy clean energy issues, including introducing bipartisan legislation that would enact a national energy efficiency strategy. Sen. Shaheen has led efforts to fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, she has been instrumental in helping bring additional funding to agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service.
CONSERVATION PARTNER: Given to an organization that collaborated effectively with the Conservancy and demonstrated strong commitment to safeguarding important resources.
Conservation Law Foundation — Conservation Law Foundation—or CLF—has been a valued and trusted partner in Conservancy advocacy for decades. CLF utilizes the law, science and the market to create solutions that preserve our natural resources, build healthy communities and sustain a vibrant economy. In New Hampshire, CLF works alongside the Conservancy and others to protect essential ocean and coastal habitat, fight for clean water in our communities and in the Great Bay estuary and advance the clean energy economy.
VOLUNTEER EXCELLENCE: Given to one or more volunteers who have demonstrated a standard of excellence in their commitment to the Conservancy’s work in New Hampshire and beyond.
Hannah Slattery — As a volunteer easement monitoring intern, Hannah contributed more than 140 hours in 2016 and was a valuable member of the Conservancy’s land stewardship team. A native of Gilford, N.H., Hannah is now a junior at Bates College. Hannah immediately endeared herself to our staff with her earnest, good-natured, conscientious, efficient and capable manner. Her love for nature and technological savvy served her—and the Conservancy—well as she problem-solved various aspects of implementing the organization’s mobile monitoring protocol. Hannah’s contributions have been critical to accomplishing the stewardship of the Conservancy’s conservation easements.
Darrell Bodnar — An accomplished amateur photographer, Darrell, of Groveton, N.H., has actively volunteered for the Conservancy since 2013, donating his time and talent to provide beautiful imagery from around the state, with emphasis on our project areas in Northern New Hampshire. His efforts have provided us with the rights to use over 600 of his images. The Conservancy has used his photographs of Potter Farm, Vicki Bunnell Preserve, Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge and, most recently, the Cape Horn Connectivity tract, across our digital and print marketing platforms, as well as for awards, holiday cards, reports, slideshows and more.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Given to a contributor to conservation successes who may not fit squarely into one of the other categories. The award may be given for lifetime achievement, in recognition of a recently deceased individual, or to celebrate a conservation achievement or milestone.
The Stamp Act Island Management Committee —A group of dedicated volunteers, the Stamp Act Island Management Committee collaborates with the Conservancy on management of our Stamp Act Island Preserve in Lake Wentworth. The committee has been in existence since the late 1970s when the island was protected. The committee supports the Conservancy’s work at the Island in many ways, including serving as a liaison to the Lake Wentworth community; helping set visitor use guidelines and policies to protect the island’s conservation values; and providing financial support for special projects, including studies of the island’s unique sandy pond shore and black gum communities. The committee also has supported on-the-ground stewardship needs and helped publicize and lead island field trips, including three that drew over 75 participants in summer 2016.