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ITHACA, N.Y. –– The Town of Ithaca’s Conservation Board invites nominations for their 17th annual Richard B. Fischer Environmental Conservation Award. This award honors the late Dr. Fischer for improving Ithaca’s natural environment. A Cornell professor, nature lover, and member of the Conservation Board, he erected many bluebird houses and helped establish New York’s bottle law to reduce waste and litter.

Since 2003, the Town’s Conservation Board has honored Betsy Darlington, Dan Hoffman, The Museum of the Earth at PRI, Jane Moon Clark, the Ithaca College Natural Lands Committee, the Cayuga Trails Club’s Tom Reimers, the Founding President of the Finger Lakes Land Trust A. Carl Leopold, EcoVillage at Ithaca, Cayuga Compost, the Cornell Plantations Natural Areas Program, the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society, the Six Mile Creek Water Quality Monitors at CSI, the Cayuga Nature Center Summer Camp Program, the Black Diamond Trail Enthusiasts Network, Anthony Ingraham and Elizabeth Bauman, and the NYS Hemlock Initiative.

Individuals or organizations who have taken the initiative to improve Ithaca’s natural environment are eligible for nomination. Selected awardees will have their names added to a plaque in Town Hall and attached to a tree planted at a celebration in their honor in a Town park or trail. Birch, beech, maple, oaks, poplar, sycamore, juneberry, pine and apple trees have been dedicated at 16 ceremonies celebrating the many ways Ithaca’s loved wildlands have been improved by honored winners.

Please nominate someone or a group you believe responsible for making Ithaca more gorgeous. Nominations for the 2019 award must be received no later than February 28, 2020.

For submission guidelines see the Town’s website or contact Mike Smith or 607-273-1747.

Residents of the Town of Ithaca interested in improving and preserving the environment are also invited to attend the Conservation Board’s meetings in Town Hall, 215 N Tioga Street, Ithaca on the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. For more information regarding the Town’s Conservation Board please see the website or Facebook page.

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