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OSI Honors Dr. George M. Woodwell as 2010 Conservationist of the Year

McHenry awards  presented to four young leaders

NEW YORK, NY — May 26, 2010 — The Open Space Institute (OSI) presented Dr. George M. Woodwell today with the 2010 Land Conservation Award, honoring him for his years of outstanding contributions in the fields of land conservation and environmental protection.

The organization also announced the four 2010 recipients of the Barnabas McHenry Hudson Valley Awards, funded by an endowment raised by OSI. These annual awards provide financial support to promising young leaders and match them with deserving nonprofit organizations and projects in the Hudson River Valley that will make significant contributions in the areas of environmental conservation, historic preservation, tourism and the arts.

The awards were announced today at OSI’s annual luncheon, at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. Carol Ash, the commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event. Approximately 300 people attended.

Dr. Woodwell, the 2010 award winner, has spent a lifetime studying ecological systems and has broad interests in global environmental issues and policies. Before founding the Woods Hole Research Center, he was founder and director of the Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole and a senior scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratories.

He has served on the boards of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund, the World Resources Institute, and the Environmental Defense Fund. Woodwell is a former president of the Ecological Society of America, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He holds a doctorate in botany from Duke University, has taught at the University of Maine and at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Science, and has written more than 300 major papers and books on ecology.

The Barnabas McHenry Hudson River Valley Awards were created in 2007 to honor OSI trustee Barnabas “Barney” McHenry’s many contributions and accomplishments. The awards celebrate Barney’s leadership and create opportunities for the Hudson River Valley’s future leaders.

Four recipients were announced today: Kate Ito, a student at Skidmore College, will collaborate with the Hudson River Watershed Alliance to research how a National Park designation could support the Hudson Valley’s economic, environmental, social and natural institutions.

Matthew Colon, an intern at Washington’s Headquarters, will digitize the organization’s photographic slide collection to increase the availability of the art collection to the public.

Chelsea Sorrento, who graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz this May, will work with the Mohonk Preserve to develop a marketing plan with recommendations to promote the Shawangunk region as an eco-tourism destination.

The fourth award winner, Aaron Ahlstrom, a student at Bard College, will aid in the creation and implementation of new teaching collections and an interpretive program at Montgomery Place to cultivate new audiences of all ages.

The Open Space Institute has protected more than 100,000 acres in New York State. Through its Northern Forest Protection Fund and Conservation Finance Program, OSI has assisted in the protection of 1.7 million acres in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and North Carolina and Georgia.




George Woodwell Photo Daniel Webb

George Woodwell               


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