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Northeast PA Environmental Partners Announce 2020 Award Recipients; Awards Program Nov. 19

On October 21, the Northeast PA Environmental Partners announced the winners of their 2020 environmental awards.

The winner of the 26th Annual Thomas P. Shelburne Environmental Leadership Award is Nancy Ross from Susquehanna County.

Also being recognized are-- Sharon Yanik Craig, Lackawanna County, Grand Central Landfill, Northampton County, the Lands at Hillside Farms, Luzerne County, the Minsi Lake Cooperative Habitat Improvement Project, Northampton County and the North Branch Trout Derby Association, Wyoming County

Nancy Ross

Nancy Ross is being honored for her more than 40 years of dedication to the protection and improvement of Pennsylvania’s environment.

Her contributions to what is now one of the premiere trail systems in Northeast Pennsylvania, the D&H Rail Trail, is an important part of her legacy including obtaining the Rail Trail Council of NEPAs headquarters, an historic building in Uniondale, PA.

Ms. Ross is a strong conservation advocate and a voice for environmental justice for rural communities across the northern tier of NEPA. She remains a tireless volunteer and champion of causes close to her heart.

Sharon Yanik Craig

Sharon Yanik Craig, Lackawanna County, is being recognized as an outstanding role model for environmental stewardship and partnerships and serving as an instrumental environmental educator in Northeastern Pennsylvania. 

Sharon leads by example, setting clear expectations and standards for her peers and students. She has dedicated her life to teaching and developing programs that foster an early love for nature and the natural world.

Grand Central Landfill

Grand Central Landfill, Northampton County, is recognized for their partnering efforts which focus on environmental conservation and stewardship. Grand Central Landfill is home to 200 acres of grassland habitat, walking trails and an environmental education center that all provide the community with programs that educate on conservation, renewable energy, recycling, wildlife management and more.

The Lands At Hillside Farms

The Lands at Hillside Farms, Luzerne County, is a 412-acre non-profit educational agricultural farm that operates as a “community owned” teaching farm. The Lands partners with numerous community organizations to provide education on living a sustainable lifestyle including the value of locally grown food, importance of soil and water quality and other nature-based programs.

Minsi Lake Habitat Project

The Minsi Lake Cooperative Habitat Improvement Project, Northampton County, is a collaborative effort of the PA Fish & Boat Commission, Northampton County Parks and Friends of Minsi Lake. The habitat improvement project transformed a relatively habitat-barren lake basin into one that boasts wood and rock rubble habitat for fish, increasing the recreational enjoyment for many thousands of visitors to the lake.

North Branch Trout Derby

North Branch Trout Derby Association, Wyoming County, for their efforts to provide outdoor activities for youth to create future stewards of the environment. The Association partners with many other groups to further their goal of introducing families to the outdoors for the wonderful hunting and fishing opportunities in the region.

The Northeast Environmental Partners is comprised of the PA Environmental Council, PPL Corporation, Procter & Gamble Paper Products Company, Wilkes University, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Protection.

Awards Program

The award winners will be recognized on November 19 at a special, virtual 30th Anniversary Awards program from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m..

Click Here to register and for opportunities to support the program.

For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the PA Environmental Council website, visit the PEC Blog, PEC Bill/Regulation Tracker, follow PEC on Twitter or Like PEC on Facebook.  Visit PEC’s Audio Room for the latest podcasts.  Click Here to receive regular updates from PEC.

Related Articles:

-- Westmoreland Conservation District Announces 2020 Conservation Award Winners

-- PA Organization For Watershed & Rivers: 2021 PA River Of The Year Nominations Now Being Accepted

[Posted: October 21, 2020]


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