The Methow Conservancy announced the winners of its 2014 Methow Conservation Awards Tuesday night (Dec. 9) at the organization’s annual holiday social and program.
• Rob Crandall of Methow Natives is the winner of the Ken White Award, which honors people who carry on Ken White’s love for the Methow Valley. In a press release, the Conservancy said: “For years Rob has offered native plant education to the schools and the public and this fall he helped orchestrate the Methow Conservancy’s popular Seed Mob and consulted with numerous landowners about recovery on burned landscapes. Rob’s affection for native plants and the Methow’s shrub-steppe habitat is infectious.”
• Jan Sodt is the recipient of the Susie Stephens Award, acknowledging outstanding volunteer service to the Methow Conservancy’s efforts and to honor those who carry on Stephens’ efforts. “Jan has a persistent willingness to help out in any way she can behind-the-scenes in support of the Methow Conservancy’s work,” the press release said. “From posting posters about upcoming events to typing up hours of focus group responses to helping with mailings, Jan is always there.”
The Ken White and Susie Stephens awards have been given every year since 2005.
This year, the Conservancy recognized the need for an additional recognition, and created the You Inspire Us Award for Steve Taylor, who orchestrated a project to clean debris in the Methow River after the floods. “Steve’s award notes that he is being recognized for reminding the organization about what it means to inspire others to care for the land,” the Conservancy said in its press release.
For more information on the organization’s awards and to see past recipients go to http://methowconservancy.org/awards.html.