Nominations being accepted for Larimer County Environmental Stewardship Awards

The 21st Annual Larimer County Environmental Stewardship Awards program is underway. A total of 74 awards have been presented since 1995. For more information, visit: www.larimer.org/boards/esab/Awards/env_awards_winners.htm. Last year saw three recipients:

• City of Fort Collins Utilities and Natural Areas Departments for their 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.

• Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed for its effective efforts to improve and maintain the ecological health of the Poudre River watershed through community collaboration.

The Larimer County Board of Commissioners, along 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.

This year’s nomination deadline is Friday, Sept. 18. You can nominate online or print a form and send it in. Visit www.larimer.org/boards/esab/Awards/awards.htm.

The Larimer County ESAB will review the initial nominations and make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners, which will present awards on Monday, Dec. 14. For more information about the award or nomination process, contact Doug Ryan, Larimer County Environmental Health, at 970-498-6777 or dryan@larimer.org, or Michelle Bird, Board of Commissioners’ office, at 970-498-7015 or mbird@larimer.org.

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