The Methow Conservancy announced its 2013 Methow Conservation Awards on Monday (Dec. 9) at the organization’s annual holiday social.
Jane Gilbertsen was presented with the Ken White Award, which acknowledges individuals with long-standing histories of inspiring conservation efforts in the Methow Valley. Conservancy Executive Director Jason Paulsen noted that “no one worries more about the future of the Methow Valley” than Gilbertsen. She served two six-year terms on the Conservancy board.
Known by many people as the Methow’s first naturalist, White was a self-taught conservationist who shared his deep passion for appreciating the valley with all who were interested.
Deborah Dahrling and Rose O’Donnell were presented with the Susie Stephens Award, which acknowledges outstanding volunteer service to the Conservancy’s efforts. Stephens was the Conservancy’s development director in early 2000s until a tragic accident took her life in 2002.
About 250 people attended the event, which concluded with a presentation about wolverines by naturalist and author Douglas Chadwick.