Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

2010 Environmental Corridor Ovation Award nomination process begins

News Release Published: February 17, 2010 by the Southeast Region

Contact(s): Mike Thompson, Environmental Analysis Team Supervisor, (414) 263-8648

MILWAUKEE - You can nominate an individual or organization to receive the 2010 Philip H. Lewis, Jr., Environmental Corridor Ovation Award, or ECO Award.

The ECO Award grew out of an initiative to "Sustain, Reconnect, and Grow Environmental Corridors" (SRGE), and was created in 2006 through the efforts of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC), and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

"DNR, SEWRPC, and MMSD share a vision and commitment to enhance and expand the environmental corridors in southeastern Wisconsin, and to work to ensure that resource rich lands and waters are preserved and protected," DNR Southeast Region Director Gloria McCutcheon said. "We recognize it takes people and partnerships to bring this vision to life. This is a chance to acknowledge the efforts of an individual or organization deserving recognition," she said.

Dr. Philip H. Lewis, Jr. was the first recipient of the award in 2007. G. Andrew "Andy" Larsen received the 2008 ECO Award for his 30 years of leadership and dedication as Executive Director of the Riveredge Nature Center. The Ozaukee Washington Land Trust was the 2009 recipient in recognition of protecting and preserving land and water resources with the goal of restoring natural systems and improving public access.

"We thought it fitting that we name the award after Dr. Lewis," McCutcheon continued. "Visionary is a description that truly applies to Dr. Lewis. He developed the environmental corridor concept that is widely embraced. One need only look at the 237-acre Havenwoods State Forest and Environmental Awareness Center which celebrates 30 years this year, to see an example of his vision."

Interested parties can nominate an organization or person who exemplifies Dr. Lewis' insight, leadership, and advancement of natural resource values.

The award presentation will be at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, 2010, to celebrate Earth Day at the Havenwoods State Forest and Environmental Awareness Center located at 6141 N. Hopkins Street in Milwaukee. To obtain a nomination form contact:

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Attention: Michael Thompson
2300 North Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Mr. Thompson must receive nomination forms postmarked no later than Friday, March 19, 2010.