For more information on the Lake Michigan Champions of Conservation, go to www.lakemichiganstakeholders.org. 2015 nominations are due May 1 with winners announced in June.
The Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership (LNRP) and the Lake Michigan Stakeholders (LMS) are pleased to sponsor the annual Lake Michigan Champions of Conservation Awards. The environmental award program recognizes and honors the outstanding achievements of any group, program, organization, business or engaged individual in a wide range of environmental initiatives throughout the Lake Michigan basin. The award will honor those who have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence, leadership, and accomplishment in their respective fields. Champions selected will be honored at Lake Michigan Day, August 14, at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc.
By sponsoring these awards, LNRP and LMS hope to encourage our communities to emulate the achievements of the successful nominees, thereby promoting innovative environmental efforts, restoring Lake Michigan, and enhancing the quality of life throughout Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan basin.
The two awards (one for individuals and one for businesses or organizations) are open to any group, program, organization, business, or individual located and working on the restoration, improvement or enhancement of Lake Michigan or any of the watersheds that flow into the lake as part of the Lake Michigan basin.
Nominations can be made by the person or persons involved in the activity or by a third party. Individual award nominees should focus on one of the following three areas of concern:
- Water Resources Protection: Projects that monitor or improve streams, rivers, lakes or wetlands in the Lake Michigan basin.
- Environmental Education and Outreach: Projects that establish or improve communication and education about environmental issues for the general public, youth and stewardship programs.
- Land Use Protection and Habitat Restoration: Projects that focus on improving land development decisions to restore and protect natural areas.
Business or Organizational Award nominees can come from any of the above areas but need to show how the company or organization has gone beyond the “call of duty” to protect, enhance or restore Lake Michigan. Our Champion of Champions will be selected from the nominees in all categories.
We use community-based Champion Selection Committees to determine the selection of our champions. Selection Committees are composed of knowledgeable volunteers from throughout the Lake Michigan Basin including business leaders, natural resource professionals, scientists, teachers and leaders of environmental organizations. If you’d like to join a committee, please contact LNRP.
LNRP Champions of Conservation Awards
Fall 2008 awards:
- Champion of Champions: Helen Dicke-Krivacek for her life-long commitment to Woodland Dunes Nature Center
- Water Resources Champion: David Pozorski and his single-handed restoration of Silver Lake in Manitowoc County
- Land Use Protection and Habitat Restoration Champion: Bernie Brouchoud for founding Woodland Dunes Nature Center
Spring 2009 awards:
- Champion of Champions: Russ Tooley representing Centerville Cares and their work on quality monitoring on Point and Fischer Creeks in southern Manitowoc County
- Water Resources Champion: Carol Entringer and her work on English Lake in Manitowoc County
- Land Use Protection and Habitat Restoration Champion: Izaack Walton League of Brown County and their work on engaging youth in the protection of a 81 acre parcel on the East River
- Environmental Education and Outreach: Armond Kueter and his long-standing contributions to the Conservation Education, Inc. (CEI)
Fall 2009 awards:
- Champion of Champions: Kewaunee County Groundwater Guardians and their work in educating youth and developing outreach materials for groundwater protection
- Water Resources Champion: Chuck Wagner and his work on groundwater protection, woodland management, and commitment to civil service
- Land Use Protection and Habitat Restoration Champion: Terri Lyon and her work as the Beetle Lady in the fight against purple loosestrife in the Lakeshore Basin
Spring 2010 awards:
- Champion of Water Resources Protection and Champion of Champions: Carl Scholz and his body of work across a wide variety of environmental issues in Door County
- Champion of Land Use Protection and Habitat Restoration: Kay and Wayne Craig and their conversion of a farm to an organic grazing operation in Calumet County
- Champion of Environmental Education and Outreach: Coggin Heeringa and her body of work at Crossroads at Big Creek in Door County
Spring 2011 awards:
- Champion of Environmental Education and Outreach and Champion of Champions: Kelly Eskew-Vorron and her exceptional work in developing programming for Manitowoc County schools and community groups
- Champion of Water Resources Protection: Vickie Mayer and her body of work across a wide variety of environmental issues in the Branch River Basin and the State of Wisconsin
- Champion of Land Use Protection and Habitat Restoration: Richard Becker and his life-long work in creating and enhancing Manitowoc County habitats
Spring 2012 awards:
- Champion of Environmental Education and Outreach: Fred Depies and his work on the local food movement, grazing, and environmental networking
- Champion of Water Resources Protection and Champion of Champions: Ox Bow Sportmans Club for their life long work on the Brillion Wildlife Sanctuary, Killsnake, and other tributaries of the Manitowoc River
- Champion of Land Use Protection and Habitat Restoration: Ron Schaper for his most recent work at the LTC Old Growth Forest but also for helping establish the Fischer Creek Conservation Area and Point Creek Conservation Area
Spring 2013 awards:
- Champion of Environmental Education and Outreach, and Champion of Champions: Charles “Chuck” Sontag and his 40 plus years of teaching, mentoring, and monitoring in southern Manitowoc County
- Champion of Water Resources: Jim Knickelbine, Director of the Woodland Dunes Nature Center, for his significant efforts and dedication to improving the West Twin River and the many other waters of Wisconsin
- Champion of Land Use Protection and Habitat Restoration: Charles Bouc for his lifelong passion and commitment to conservation practices on his farm and adjacent road banks and waterways
- Individual Champion of Conservation: Shawn Graff for his impressive achievements as executive director of the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, overseeing its extensive preservation projects and transforming the Squires Golf Course into the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
- Businss Champion of Conservation: Tyco for its diligent cleanup and efforts of the Lower Menominee River in Marinette, helping it get delisted as an Area of Concern following soil, groundwater and river sediment contamination from its predecessor’s manufacturing practices from WWII to the 1970s
- Special Recognition Champion of Conservation: US Congressman Tom Petri for decades of support for conservation