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Chevron Press Release - Trailblazing Conservationists Rewarded For Environmental Efforts

The nation's oldest and most prestigious conservation award is presented by Chevron and Times Mirror Magazines

SAN FRANCISCO, May 2, 1996 -- The teenager who kick-started an international environmental movement at the age of nine, a man who changed the public perception of bats, and a group of children responsible for the development and drafting of their city's municipal waste management plan are among the 17 honorees to receive a 42nd annual Chevron-Times Mirror Magazines Conservation Award.

Chevron and Times Mirror Magazines will honor each winner with $2,000 and a bronze plaque acknowledging their accomplishments during an awards banquet on May 15 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

The awards, given in three categories: citizen volunteers, professionals and non-profit organizations/public agencies, are designed to recognize individuals and organizations from across the United States and Canada for their efforts in preserving the environment. This year's recipients represent 11 different states from California to Massachusetts, but all share a common admiration and respect for conserving our nation's resources.

"These honorees have demonstrated outstanding leadership and vision in finding long-term solutions to environmental problems," said Jim Sullivan, vice chairman of Chevron. "Chevron is honored to recognize their extraordinary achievements."

The 1996 Chevron-Times Mirror Magazines Conservation Award honorees are: in the citizen volunteer category, Arthur Bonwell and Mary Leolin Bowerman, Ph.D, of Walnut Creek, Calif.; Terese T. Hershey, of Houston, Texas; Pam and Gary Mount, of Princeton, N.J.; Judith B. Nadai, of San Francisco; and Melissa Poe, of Nashville, Tenn.; in the professional category, Gerald W. Adelmann, of Chicago; Marc A. Matsil, of New York; John C. Oliver, III, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; David M. Sutherland, of Arlington, Va.; and Dr. Merlin Tuttle, of Austin, Texas; in the organization/public agency category, Adopt-A-Watershed, of Hayfork, Calif.; the Indian Creek Nature Center, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society, of Pasco, Wash.; the Tree Musketeers, of El Segundo, Calif.; and the Volunteers and Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands, of Hingham, Mass.

"These award winners demonstrate the difference that individual effort can make," said Efrem Zimbalist III, president and CEO of Times Mirror Magazines, publisher of numerous outdoor magazines including Field & Stream and Outdoor Life. "We are proud to salute their considerable accomplishments. "

Award winners were selected by an independent judging panel of seven distinguished conservationists, representing a wide range of environmental efforts, including land conservation, water resource issues and the protection of endangered species.

"This year's honorees are an impressive group of highly accomplished people," said Lonnie L. Williamson, Chevron-Times Mirror Magazines Conservation Award judge and vice president of the Wildlife Management Institute. "They provide a prime example of conflict resolution and environmental management working at the local level."

The Chevron-Times Mirror Magazines Conservation Award was created in 1954 by the late Ed Zern, a nationally recognized sportsman, humorist, author and former columnist for Field & Stream. The program seeks out and honors individuals and groups who protect and enhance renewable natural resources. An important factor in the selection of honorees, is their ability to work effectively with diverse organizations to achieve consensus and solve difficult environmental challenges.

The achievements of the 1996 Chevron-Times Mirror Magazines Conservation Award honorees are briefly listed below.

Citizen Volunteers:

  • Arthur Bonwell and Mary Leolin Bowerman, Ph.D, of Walnut Creek, Calif., founded Save Mount Diablo, an organization dedicated to protecting wildlife habitat and maintaining recreational open space surrounding the central landmark of Mount Diablo.
  • Terese T. Hershey, of Houston, Texas, an advocate for preserving and establishing parks since 1966, has founded numerous volunteer organizations that have worked to more than triple the park acreage in Houston.
  • Pam and Gary Mount, of Princeton, N.J., have pioneered substantial conservation programs in the operation of their farm, including strategies to reduce the amount of pesticides used. They regularly hold training and informational workshops to educate fellow farmers on the lessons they have learned.
  • Judith B. Nadai, of San Francisco, has served in a number of leadership positions for the Student Conservation Association, which is dedicated to fostering lifelong stewardship of the environment by educating students and placing them in leadership positions to preserve and protect natural resources.
  • When she was nine years old, Melissa Poe, of Nashville, Tenn., founded Kids For A Clean Environment (Kids F.A.C.E.), an organization for children who want to be active in conservation. For the past six years, she has served as an international spokesperson for the youth environmental movement.


  • Gerald W. Adelmann, of Chicago, serves as the executive director of Openlands Project; working to protect and enhance public open space throughout northeastern Illinois. As the president of the Canal Corridor Association, he was essential in the designation of the Illinois and Michigan Canal becoming the nation's first "National Heritage Corridor," a designation enacted by Congress.
  • As the director of New York City Parks' Natural Resources Group, Marc A. Matsil has saved thousands of acres of wetlands and woodlands from development and effectively mobilized support throughout the region to embrace this important, timely mission.
  • In his 25 years with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, John C. Oliver, III, of Pittsburgh, Pa., completed an unprecedented number of projects, including the preservation of the 3,113-acre David M. Roderick Wildlife Reserve, home to a number of migrating woodcock and waterfowl. He currently serves as the first secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources, a position he was nominated for by Governor Tom Ridge.
  • David M. Sutherland, of Arlington, Va., has been instrumental in the conservation of over 1,000,000 acres of priority land across the U.S. as the vice president and director of real estate of The Conservation Fund.
  • Dr. Merlin Tuttle, of Austin, Texas, founded Bat Conservation International (BCI), an organization dedicated to bat conservation, public education and research. Dr. Tuttle has worked for the protection of bats and their habitats, and has dramatically improved public acceptance of bats.


  • Adopt-A-Watershed, of Hayfork, Calif., works to maintain and enhance watersheds around the U.S. by linking schools together with local natural resource agencies, businesses and community organizations. This K-12 program uses a local watershed as a living laboratory, engaging students in hands-on, service learning activities which help them develop scientific literacy, environmental stewardship and a community service ethic.
  • The restoration of 210 acres of prairie, oak savanna and wetland and a comprehensive, year-round education program are just two of the accomplishments of the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This organization recruits, trains and motivates hundreds of volunteers for a variety of environmental projects each year, including the development of recreation trails and the healing of eroded land.
  • The Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society, of Pasco, Wash., has proactively worked toward the preservation of the shrub steppe habitat and the free-flowing Columbia River and its floral and faunal inhabitants.
  • Based in El Segundo, Calif., Tree Musketeers, a nationwide organization consisting mostly of 10-18 year-olds, has made significant impacts in the environmental movement, including the creation of a speakers bureau of children to address their peers about conservation issues, and the development and implementation of school curriculum.
  • Advocates for the protection of the 30 islands in Boston Harbor, the Volunteers and Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands, of Hingham, Mass., extends a number of programs dedicated to public education, restoration and preservation of the islands. Through the On Island Program, volunteers are recruited, trained and placed on islands to help provide information, give educational tours and support trail and beach maintenance.

Updated: May 1996