Carolinian Canada Conservation Awards 2004 | Carolinian Canada

Carolinian Canada Conservation Awards 2004

The Award Winners

Tom Bird

Branksome Green

The Natural Heritage Program of Walpole Island Heritage Centre (Nin Da Waab Jig)

Sarnia Urban Wildlife Committee

Bill Prieksaitis

photos provided by recipients

Tom Bird

OXFORD COUNTY

Tom Bird manages his 30-acre wood as a demonstration site for good woodland stewardship. He undertook swamp restoration to correct historic wetland drainage. Identifying a need of landowners for more information and support he founded the Oxford County Woodlot Owners' Association and chaired the Stewardship Council. "Tom's effective leadership enabled the new council to work together, and agree to goals and objectives for the program that suited the needs of the Oxford County landowners." - Jim Collins, Past coordinator of Oxford County Stewardship Council
Branksome Green

TORONTO

Branksome Green is Ravine Woodland Restoration Project initiated by the Branksome school in Toronto and has been running for over 9 years. The students were careful to collect the best science on the site and monitor the results. This project has raised awareness and has been a catalyst for other ravine landowners in the Lower Don River Valley to restore their own properties. "The school is very rooted in the community and has its own extended family of students, parents, faculty and alumnae. It is in many ways the ideal group for a landscape restoration. It has a history and a future. They are a relentless group. The results are showing." - Tanny Wells, Past chair, Bring Back the Don
The Natural Heritage Program of Walpole Island Heritage Centre (Nin Da Waab Jig)

WALPOLE ISLAND

The Natural Heritage Program of Walpole Island Heritage Centre (Nin Da Waab Jig) promotes stewardship of extensive Tallgrass habitats, Carolinian forests, coastal waters and one of the largest wetland systems in the Great Lakes on Walpole Island First Nation on the St. Clair River delta, a Carolinian Canada signature site. The program has protected 84 acres of significant habitat and engages in research and outreach. "This lively program is active in informing and educating the Walpole Island First Nations community about species and risk and promoting habitat stewardship. WIFN is home to 51 Species at Risk including several that have their Canadian stronghold here, or occur nowhere else in Canada." - Dr. Jane Bowles, Ecological Consultant
Sarnia Urban Wildlife Committee

SARNIA

Sarnia Urban Wildlife Committee is a city committee initiated by concerned citizens to protect wildlife from the effects of urbanization and develop an urban ecosystem policy and program. It works with City and private landowners to protect and restore natural areas such as Dennis Rupert Prairie Reserve and species at risk American Chestnut and Dwarf Sandcherry. The volunteer group also makes community outreach a priority. "This committee has done extremely fine conservation work since its inception in 1994. Their accomplishments are many." - Gerry Clements, Lambton Wildlife
Bill Prieksaitis

WEST ELGIN

Bill Prieksaitis has been the driving force of the West Elgin Nature Club for over 30 years. He is the tireless volunteer who has motivated and inspired the residents of Elgin County to care for nature. Through his leadership, the West Elgin Christmas Bird Count is now one of the country's largest relative to club size. He has been instrumental in creative deals to protect natural areas such as the Dutton-Dunwich Prairie which the club leases from its railway owner to implement specialized management. He has been a key player in numerous projects including a 306-page book, Elgin Birds - a Century of Change. Bill gives away thousands of Carolinian trees that he grows from seed so future generations can know and admire these representative species of the Carolinian Zone. "Bill's actions and activities are not just restricted to those of his own home club, the West Elgin Naturalists, but are widespread throughout Elgin County. He leads by example. He has done just about everything that can be done from the manual of stewardship actions and activities. You name it; he's done it." - Dave Martin, ecological consultant
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