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Winners of the 2024 Excellence in Conservation Awards collection

Contact: Amy Blaymore Paterson, Executive Director
Telephone: (860) 825-5512
Email: abpaterson@ctconservation.org
Website: ctconservation.org


Connecticut Land Conservation Council Announces Recipients of 2024 Excellence in Conservation Award

Middletown, CT, March 23, 2024 – The Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC) proudly announces the winners of the 2024 Excellence in Conservation Awards. These prestigious awards honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to land conservation efforts in Connecticut and whose work serves as an inspiration or model for conservation efforts statewide.

This year’s recipients include:

  • Peter B. Cooper, Esquire, honored with the first Peter B. Cooper Award for Excellence in Conservation Law, a new award named in his honor, recognizing his lifelong dedication to conservation law and environmental stewardship.
  • Barton Jones, recipient of the Katchen Coley Award for Excellence in Conservation, celebrated for his leadership and conservation achievements with the Cornwall Conservation Trust.
  • Traprock Ridge Land Conservancy, awarded the Excellence in Conservation Organization Award, acknowledged for its innovative approach to regional land conservation through collaboration.
  • Aspetuck Land Trust, with Special Recognition of Reggy St Fortcolin, receiving the Excellence in Community Engagement Award, for their exceptional work in connecting communities to conservation and nature.
  • Hiram Williams, celebrated as a Conservation Hero, for his visionary leadership in landscape-scale conservation and the growth and protection of Connecticut’s natural treasures.

In recognizing this year’s honorees, Gwen Marrion, CLCC Board Chair, said, “Through dedication and collaboration, these recipients exemplify the heart of conservation, forging pathways towards a sustainable future for Connecticut’s natural heritage. Their work not only safeguards our environment but also inspires us all to become stewards of the land. On behalf of the CLCC Board of Directors, Congratulations to the 2024 Excellence in Conservation Award winners for their invaluable contributions to our state’s ecological resilience.”

Community celebrations for each honoree will occur this Spring and Summer. For more information about the awards and the recipients’ contributions to conservation in Connecticut, please visit CLCC’s 2024 Excellence in Conservation Awards page: https://ctconservation.org/awards/awards-2024/

About the Connecticut Land Conservation Council

The Connecticut Land Conservation Council is the state’s leading advocate for land conservation, stewardship, and funding, working tirelessly to support land trusts, conservation organizations, and municipal land use leaders in their efforts to protect Connecticut’s diverse landscapes and environments for future generations.

CLCC’s mission is to elevate and strengthen land conservation in Connecticut.

CLCC’s vision is a future where every Connecticut community is supported and sustained by a diverse mix of conserved land, and land conservation is embraced as an essential community value.

Photo Credit (Clockwise starting from top right): Peter B. Cooper (Courtesy of Peter Cooper); Hiking at Hawk Hill (West Hartford Land Trust); Tabling with Aspetuck Land Trust (Reggy St Fortcolin); Hiram Williams (Mark Lifflander); Bart Jones (Deborah Jones)