The Nature Trust of New Brunswick is currently calling for nominations until Monday, September 30, 2013 for this year’s Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence in Land Conservation. Thisrecognition is in honor of an individual or organization’s significant contributions to the protection of natural heritage through land conservation in New   Brunswick.

“The Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence in Land Conservation was established last year to mark the 25th anniversary of the Nature Trust, so we’re thrilled to be involved with this award for the second year in a row in cooperation with the Office of the Lieutenant-Governor,” says Lynn MacKinnon, President of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick.

The recipient of last year’s inaugural award was Mary Majka, a naturalist and one of Canada’s great pioneering conservationists.

This year, the Honourable Graydon Nicholas, Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick will again present the award at a ceremony at Government House in Fredericton. The recipient of the award will also receive an individual plaque and have their name engraved on a permanent one alongside New Brunswick’s other great conservationists that will hang in Government House for years to come.

“Oftentimes those who work to protect our natural areas do so in silence for the love of nature and the environment. This award allows us to commend those groups and individuals for their hard work and appreciate their efforts to keep our province’s natural beauty intact,” says MacKinnon.

Successful nominees will have a significant impact on land conservation in New Brunswick through leadership, direct action, and long-term involvement as well as other significant contributions. Eligible nominees may include those individuals or organizations involved in stewardship, volunteerism, donation of lands, or building effective partnerships. The selection committee which will make the final decision of the award will have five members as chosen by a First Nations person named by the Office of the Lieutenant-Governor, the Atlantic Regional Board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, New Brunswick Minister of Natural Resources, Atlantic Regional Director of the Canadian Wildlife Service, and a chairperson named by the Board of Trustees of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick.

If you know a person or group who deserves recognition in this field, you are invited to nominate them for this special award until September 30, 2013. Nominations may be in French or English and require a nomination letter, description of accomplishments, and references. For more information and to download a nomination form, please visit naturetrust.nb.ca or contact naturetrust@ntnb.org.

 

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