Awards Presented at 2007 Annual Meeting
The award is given to Dan this year for his vision, skill, and dedication in building and maintaining the Newton Conservators' Web site, thereby creating an invaluable educational and informational tool for our community.
Before Dan took on the task of developing our Web site, the Conservators' activities were published primarily through our hard copy and email newsletters and were available to subscribers. Our Web site is open to everyone. Our Web site contains notices of upcoming events, trail maps and guides for those who want to explore Newton's open spaces, news about current activities, and reprints from our current and past publications. The Newton Conservators' Web site is an encyclopedia of information about the Conservators and has information on all aspects of our operations and goals. The Website has resulted in numerous inquiries on environmental topics and has led to an increase in awareness about us and in new memberships.
Dan is accomplished not only as a Web site developer but as a photographer. His and others' photographs bring the life of Newton's open spaces to anyone who comes to our site. Dan's Web site is among the most important tools for putting the people of Newton in touch with their open spaces.This will be the 26th Environmentalist of the Year Award presented by the Newton Conservators to an individual or group who has made a distinguished environmental contribution to our community.
The Charles Johnson Maynard Award is given each year “to recognize efforts to improve biodiversity, habitat reclamation, and natural resource protection.” It is given this year to Beth Schroeder and the Survey Team of the Land Management Committee, for their detailed study and documentation of the plants and animals that inhabit Newton’s conservation lands.
As Beth explained at the annual meeting, this group has visited over 37 of Newton’s parks and conservation areas during the past year for the purpose of identifying all the flora and fauna found in each open space. This information is summarized in a master list which can be seen on the Conservator’s Website.
The information developed by the Survey Team is essential to future activities of the Land Management group. Proper management requires knowledge of just what is present at any location. Identification of problems – encroachments, dumping, the spread of invasives – is essential to a solution. The city is indebted to this group for the assessment of its open spaces.
A Directors’ Award is given this year to Katherine Howard for her work to preserve and protect trees in Newton, and her essential work as Treasurer of the Newton Conservators. Her interest in helping to preserve the chestnut tree has resulted in an increased awareness of tree preservation. Katherine is a tireless worker on many aspects of the Newton Conservators including being in charge of our budget and payment system. Her suggestions at monthly meetings, walks and talks, and other activities have been essential to our successes.
A Directors’ Award is given this year to Martha Horn for her continual input and activity to maintain open space in Newton. Martha is a remarkable civil servant, as she is an active conservationist within the framework of working for the City of Newton. Martha Horn has been an extremely active advocate for the proper use of Newton’s open space for its residents and students. Her support for the Environmental Science Program (ESP) has been essential for its continuation.
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