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John Muir Association: Nominations open for John Muir Conservation Awards

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 at 6:36 am in John Muir Association.

It’s that time again. Time for the 32nd annual John Muir Conservation Awards from the John Muir Association in Martinez, CA. I just received the following press release:

Martinez, CA—Our national parks began with John Muir. The man who inspired the world to treasure wild places also diligently worked to protect them. John Muir’s legacy is emulated in the people who work to make the planet a better, healthier place to live. Today, people committed to protecting the air, land, water, forests, wildlife, and the natural resources around them make communities more livable, more sustainable for everyone.

The John Muir Association (JMA) shines a light of recognition on some of these deserving people once a year by awarding its John Muir Conservation Award.

JMA invites nominations for its 32nd annual John Muir Conservation Award. Nominations are open in four award categories:

** Conservationist of the Year,
** Environmental Education Conservation Award,
** Nonprofit or Public Agency Conservation Award, and
** Business Conservation Award.

The John Muir Conservation Award will honor significant contributions in the areas of environmental action, environmental education/advocacy, resource preservation, improving urban areas, habitat restoration or other outstanding environmental work. Nominations are welcome for a deserving individual, nonprofit organization, business, public agency or educational institution.

Since 1978, the John Muir Association has honored those who work to continue John Muir’s legacy of environmental preservation. Known as the father of our national parks, John Muir is a preeminent figure in American history.  The John Muir Association works to celebrate the life, share the vision, and preserve the legacy of John Muir through education, preservation, advocacy and stewardship, in partnership with the National Park Service at the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California. The John Muir Association is a nonprofit organization established in 1956.

The John Muir Conservation Award will be presented at the John Muir Association’s Conservation Award Celebration on November 7 at the Campbell Theater, 636 Ward Street (at Estudillo) in Martinez. Award recipients will be notified in advance of the award presentation.

For nomination information and forms, visit http://www.johnmuirassociation.org or call 925-229-3857.  The complete nomination packet must be received no later than September 26.

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  2. Barbara Says:

    “The John Muir Conservation Award will honor significant contributions in the areas of environmental action, environmental education/advocacy, resource preservation, improving urban areas, habitat restoration or other outstanding environmental work.”

    I have lived within a 5-mile radius of the John Muir National Historic Site since 1973. I’ve seen it briefly once or twice.

    Sunday and Monday, I REALLY saw it. I have learned the basics of the man behind the name, and, especially, his purpose and dreams. I have purchased books about him in an attempt to catch up on what I have missed out on.

    I have become so disillusioned because of adults who hold the same philosophy as my one-time nine-year-old: If trash is thrown on the ground, the ground shall eat it. It doesn’t quite work that way.

    Of absolutely no assistance are our city representatives, who basically do nothing to encourage visitors and residents to keep the cities clean.

    Food wrappings, tires, mattresses, shopping carts, bottles, gang graffiti — you name it — are now considered sidewalk and street decorum. Trash that has been piled on vacant hillsides becomes city landscaping.

    Where do we draw the line? Who picks up after those who can’t properly dispose of trash? What are the cities doing, what are residents doing to keep their cities clean?

    I took approximately 100 photos of the John Muir House and the land surrounding it. I have done the same in Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, Lake Chabot, Stinson Beach, San Francisco — and will continue to do so. A simple photo comparison today to one of thirty years ago was sufficient to wake me up to how full of disregard we have become.

    Absolutely, John Muir had a vision. Unfortunately, it appears that society, in general, is blinded, and makes no significant effort to understand that what John Muir foresaw has come to be.

    It is encouraging to know that there is The John Muir Conservation Award to be presented to local members of society within the Bay Area following his paths.

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