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Land Conservation Awards
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Land Conservation Awards

Boulder County honors individuals or groups with its Land Conservation Awards for outstanding contributions made to the conservation, preservation, and protection of land-based environmental resources.

2020 Land Conservation Award Winners

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we were not able to have our awards ceremony this spring. We plan to celebrate the 2020 and the 2021 winners in person at an April 2021 awards ceremony.

Anne U. White Trailhead

Land Conservation Award
Paul Lev-Ary

Paul Lev-Ary donated approximately two acres of land to Boulder County to help to increase the number of parking spaces from five to 29 spaces at the Anne U. White trailhead after it was demolished in the floods of September 2013. His donation greatly increased public access to the area, allowing for a much better user experience.

Diane and Lowell Dodge

Environmental Stewardship Award
Lowell and Diane Dodge

After completing construction of their single-family home on their 40-acre property just northwest of Hygiene, the Dodges promptly restored the land around the construction site and then implemented an ecological enhancement plan. A portion of their property was originally placed under a conservation easement in 1982, and the remainder of the land was conserved in 2013. The goal of the ecological enhancement plan is to preserve the existing ecological wildlife habitats, create new habitats, and improve the overall ecological functions and diversity on their property. They continue to be involved in increasing public awareness about the local and greater-ecosystem benefits of enhancing pollinator habitat on one’s own property.

Gedeon LaFarge

Volunteer Award – Education & Outreach
Gedeon Lafarge

Since the fall of 2015, Gedeon has been a program mentor with the Left Hand Outdoor Challenge, a program that aims to inspire the next generation of stewards of Boulder County. Gedeon plays a crucial role in the program by helping to keep the participants focused and engaged, while also having fun. He has mentored over 100 teen program participants over the past five years and has also been a member of the Volunteer Ranger Corps. Gedeon embodies “the giver” in all he does.

Rob Alexander

Volunteer Award – CSU Extension
Rob Alexander

Rob has contributed to CSU Extension for well over 20 years as a member of the Extension Advisory Board, a volunteer for 4-H, and contributor to numerous Extension workshops and events. He has also served as a presenter/trainer for our Small Acreage Management program, training volunteers on seeding/reseeding pastures, grazing management, and agriculture programs. He recently agreed to take on the co-chair role of the Extension Advisory Board. His knowledge and experience in Boulder County agriculture is unparalleled, and the county has benefited greatly from his dedication to land conservation, his willingness to lead when called upon, and his consistently agreeable nature.

Message From The Commissioners

It is always such an honor to bestow these awards on individuals who display the best in volunteerism and generosity in their dedication to agriculture, land conservation, and the public enjoyment of natural spaces,” said Boulder County Board of County Commissioners Chair Deb Gardner. “Through their hard work and teaching of others, their broad subject knowledge and expertise, and in some cases, their critical donations of land, these awardees are helping to preserve existing farmland and wildlife habitats, create new natural landscapes, improve the overall ecological functions and diversity of land in Boulder County, and add to the public education and appreciation of land conservation for generations to come.”

Past Winners

2019

Land Conservation Award Winners

  • Elizabeth Black , Land Conservation Award
  • Janet George, Environmental Stewardship
  • Betty Musfeldt, Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • Claudia Thiem, Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • Kathleen Andres, Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • Crocs, Partnership Award

2018

  • Helen McCarty, Land Conservation Award
  • Roger Myers, Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • Melanie Bohren, Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • Defenders of Wildlife, Partnership Award

2017

  • Ron Stewart, Land Conservation Award
  • Carron Meaney, Environmental Stewardship Award
  • Michelle Wieber & Eric Stevens, Heritage Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
  • Melinda & Lauren Courtman, Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • Cynthia Baker, Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • Singletrack Mountain Bike Adventures, Partnership Award

2016

  • The Toll Family and The Conservation Fund, Land Conservation Award
  • Jim McKee, Environmental Stewardship Award
  • Jules Van Thuyne, Heritage Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
  • Blair Smallwood, Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • Linda Garcia, Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • CU – Program for Writing and Rhetoric, Partnership Award

2015

  • PLAN-Boulder County, Land Conservation Award
  • Sue Cass, Environmental Stewardship
  • Rob and Liz Alexander, Heritage Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
  • Todd Van Dyke, Outstanding Volunteer
  • Annie Conry, Outstanding Volunteer
  • Sherrie Rasmussen, Outstanding Volunteer
  • Redstone Cyclery, Partnership Award

2014

  • Rich Koopmann, Land Conservation Award
  • Dave Hallock, Environmental Stewardship
  • Lexie Spencer Armitage, Heritage Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
  • Art Roberts, Outstanding Volunteer
  • DeAnna Cassidy, Outstanding Volunteer
  • Level 3 Communications, Partnership Award

2013

  • Keith Bateman, Land Conservation Award
  • George and Marti Oetzel, Environmental Stewardship
  • The Little Church in the Pines Board, Heritage Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
  • Megan Bowes, Outstanding Volunteer
  • Joyce Costello, Outstanding Volunteer
  • Geocaching Colorado, Partnership Award

2012

  • Jan Burns, Land Conservation Award
  • Steve Jones, Environmental Stewardship
  • Skip and Marva DeFalco, Heritage Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
  • David Davia, Outstanding Volunteer
  • Kathie Kennedy, Outstanding Volunteer
  • Barb Kirchner, Outstanding Volunteer
  • Alan Carpenter, Outstanding Volunteer
  • Amgen, Partnership Award

2010

  • Ruth Almquist, Land Conservation Award
  • Wildland Restoration Volunteers, Environmental Stewardship
  • Scott Bruntjen & Carol Rinderknecht, Heritage Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
  • Jenn Archuleta, Outstanding Volunteer
  • Clare Shier, Outstanding Volunteer
  • Smartwool, Partnership Award

2009

  • Luke Stromquist, Land Conservation Award
  • Boulder Flycasters, Environmental Stewardship Award
  • Left Hand Grange, Heritage Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
  • Katherine Young, Outstanding Volunteer
  • Dianne Marshall, Outstanding Volunteer
  • Boulder Mountainbike Alliance, Partnership Award

2008

  • Craig Sterkel, Land Conservation Award
  • Ben Turner, Environmental Stewardship Award
  • June Peterson Howard, Heritage Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
  • Tina Pohlmann, Outstanding Volunteer
  • Diane Karash, Outstanding Volunteer

2007

  • Van Thuyne Family, Land Conservation Award
  • Sigrid Ueblacker, Environmental Stewardship Award
  • Alan Villavicencio, Heritage Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
  • Ann Cooper, Outstanding Volunteer
  • Clarence Kneebone, Outstanding Volunteer

2006

  • Robinson/Moore Family, Land Conservation Award
  • Dr. Oakleigh Thorne, II, Environmental Stewardship Award
  • Merrie and Jeff Wycoff, Heritage Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
  • Anne Q. Dyni, Outstanding Volunteer
  • Sharon Bokan, Outstanding Volunteer

2005

  • LaVerne Krueger, Land Conservation Award
  • Cal-Wood Education Center, Environmental Stewardship Award
  • John Mayhoffer, Heritage Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
  • Jim McKee, Outstanding Volunteer
  • Christina Kertesz, Outstanding Volunteer

2003

  • Sandy Cruz, Land Conservation Award

2002

  • Jim Crain, Land Conservation Award

2000

  • Marcel Arsenault, Land Conservation Award

1999

  • Audrey and Jim Benedict, Land Conservation Award
  • Anne and Henry Goodnow, Land Conservation Award

1998

  • Katharine Welch, Land Conservation Award

1997

  • Lillian C. Trevarton, Land Conservation Award
  • Boulder County Nature Association, Land Conservation Award

1996

  • Dorothy Ellen Trevarton, Land Conservation Award
  • James L. Henry, Land Conservation Award

1995

  • Martin and Natali Steinberg, Land Conservation Award

1994

  • Ruth Wright, Land Conservation Award

1993

  • Stuart S. Anderson, Land Conservation Award
  • Lee S. and Virginial H. Evans, Land Conservation Award
  • LeRoy Schlagel, Land Conservation Award

1992

  • Martha Ricky Weiser, Land Conservation Award
  • Clancy C. Waneka, Land Conservation Award
  • Arthur R. Stromquist (awarded posthumously), Land Conservation Award
  • Alva M. Dodd, Sr. (awarded posthumously), Land Conservation Award

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