Environmental stewardship awards nominations due Sept. 18

The 21st Annual Larimer County Environmental Stewardship Awards program is underway and one month is left to nominate.

A total of 74 awards have been presented since the program began in 1995. Last year there were three recipients:

• The City of Fort Collins Utilities and Natural Areas Departments, for the black-footed ferret reintroduction program at the Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and Meadow Springs Ranch.
• James E. Gano, for his strong personal commitment and sustained effort training volunteers for conservation activities related to the Nature Conservancy’s Phantom Canyon Preserve.
• The Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed, for effective efforts to improve and maintain the ecological health of the Poudre River Watershed through community collaboration.

The Board of County Commissioners, together with the county’s Environmental and Science Advisory Board, is seeking nominations for 2015 efforts. The awards acknowledge individuals and organizations in Larimer County who have undertaken activities that demonstrate exceptional stewardship of the environment. Residents, schools, agencies, government, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to participate. Projects can be self-nominated or nominated by others, and can be either one-time efforts or on-going activities.

The Larimer County ESAB will review the initial nominations, and make recommendations to the commissioners who will present awards on Dec. 14. For more information about the Award or process please contact Doug Ryan, Larimer County Environmental Health at 498-6777, dryan@larimer.org or Michelle Bird at the Board of County Commissioners’ Office, 498-7015, mbird@larimer.org.

You can nominate online, or print a form and send it in before the Sept. 18 deadline: www.larimer.org/boards/esab/Awards/awards.htm.

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