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Chevron Press Release - Winners o 46th Annual Chevron Conservation Awards Announced

High school volunteer who collects 487 old telephone books for recycling and world-renowned biologist earn two of six prestigious awards

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 15, 2000 -- A high school student who personally collected 487 old telephone books for recycling, a retired high school science teacher who, at age 80, continues to be involved in conservation activities with both students and adults, and a world-renowned biologist who leads the way toward successful inter-species reproduction to save endangered animals are among the six honorees to receive prestigious Chevron Conservation Awards for the year 2000, as part of the nation's oldest, most distinguished conservation awards program.

"Each of these six outstanding trailblazers demonstrates the broad range of creative and noteworthy accomplishments that may be achieved in the conservation field through exceptional dedication, determination and diplomacy," said Donald Paul, vice president of technology and environmental affairs for Chevron Corp.

Following is a list of the honorees and their major achievements and accomplishments:

City of Baytown, Parks & Recreation Department, Baytown, Texas

After years of being known as a "company town," the city's Parks and Recreation Department in the 1990s began innovative conservation activities designed to protect and restore the rich natural habitat of the town and its valuable wetlands.

Dr. Betsy Dresser

Seeking to "make extinction extinct," the internationally acclaimed Dresser led her team to accomplish the world's first-ever successful frozen-thawed embryo transfer between two completely different species, which was followed by the birth of Jazz, a baby African wildcat, to Cayenne, a common house cat.

David H. Gibson

Advocating education of the public and training of environmental professionals in New York state, Gibson promotes understanding and appreciation of natural resources conservation in the Adirondack and Catskill parks through educational programs, building coalitions and organizing conferences to share ideas and information.

Katherine Goodbar

At age 80, lifelong environmentalist and retired science teacher Goodbar continues her volunteer work in Texas with the Natural Area Preservation Association, the largest state-based land trust, and with the Richardson Environmental Action League, the oldest all-volunteer recycling organization.

Dr. Mark LaSalle

As an estuarine ecologist, LaSalle conducts environmental education programs for youth, teachers, real estate agents and the public focusing on coastal wetland biology and ecology; coastal habitat creation and restoration; coastal water quality; and assessment of the environmental impacts of human activities.

Melody M. Page

Only 16 years old, Page's many conservation activities include projects with the Raleigh 4-H Community Club, Ducks Unlimited and the ReBook program of Shelby County, Tenn. Her efforts in the ReBook program, including an appearance on the Fox 13 Good Morning Memphis TV show, led to the collection of over 26 tons of outdated telephone books.

The 46th Annual Chevron Conversation Awards will be presented Aug. 29, at 6 p.m. at a reception and dinner in New Orleans, La., at the Audubon Tea Room. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Robert Thomas, director, Center for Environmental Communications at Loyola University, New Orleans.

Honorees were selected by an independent panel of five distinguished conservationists representing a wide range of environmental fields, including land conservation and stewardship, water resource preservation and restoration and endangered species protection.

Created by the late Ed Zern, a nationally recognized sportsman, humorist and author, the Chevron Conservation Awards recognize and honor important individuals and groups who protect and enhance renewable resources. For more than four decades, honorees have been chosen for their proven skills in finding creative and practical solutions to difficult conservation challenges and for their abilities to work with widely divergent organizations, achieve consensus and bring about innovative and effective resolutions to complex environmental issues.

Please visit Chevron's Conservation Awards section for further information.

Updated: August 2000