Our annual "John Muir Conservation Award"
John Muir advocated the protection of places with particular beauty and wildness and he demonstrated ecological insight by partnering humankind with nature for future generations. Each year the John Muir Association acknowledges individuals, groups, or organizations for their restoration, protection, or conservation efforts.
Nominations Now Being Accepted for
John Muir Conservation Award
Award Dinner to be held on
Saturday, January 20th, 2008
Campbell Theatre - Martinez, CA
Here are the awardees since 1978:
- 2006 - Dr. Bonnie Gisel - For the last five years, Dr Gisel has been the Curator of the Sierra Club Le Conte Memorial Lodge. According to our 1996 award recipient, she has energized the 100-year-old building into “a vibrant place that engages Yosemite visitors in ways that no other facility in the National Park does, in a way that John Muir would most definitely approve.” Dr Gisel has written a book about John Muir and Jean Carr’s long friendship: Kindred and Related Spirits. It shows how both of them grew and developed and deepened their love of the wonder of the world. As “Doctor Nature,” Bonnie comes to the John Muir Mountain Day Camp and as Jill Harcke says, “weaves her own web of life’s enthusiasm around and among the campers in a way that has a lasting effect.” Dr. Gisel organized the 2001 John Muir: Family and Friends and Adventure conference, sponsored by the University of the Pacific. In this conference, participants actually got out and walked in some of Muir’s tracks, as well as attended seminars and discussions. Bonnie Gisel has said, “I want to instill in others a wonder of the world and an appreciation of the world so it becomes part of our daily breathing." Bonnie Gisel can sure “talk the talk” AND she also “walks the walk.” She lives very simply - she lives in a tent for five months a year, and so do her volunteers at LeConte Memorial Lodge. Dr. Gisel did not set out to “walk in Muir’s footsteps.” Yet, in her own way, on her own terms, her own words, her own philosophy, her life has a resonance and an convergence with John Muir.
- 2005 - Igor and Shirley Skaredoff - Recognizing their contributions in the restoration of Alhambra Creek through downtown Martinez and beyond. They are leaders in the group, Friends of Alhambra Creek. He and his wife Shirley lead the annual Alhambra Creek clean-up days and are the first to take groups of all ages into the creek and along the Carquinez Strait. Mr. Skaredoff is also active in the broader Watershed Forum, bringing leadership and strong representation to that group. He has been personally involved in mapping sections of the regional watershed and takes regular water samples from the creek to test temperature and salinity for the restoration of steelhead trout upstream. In addition to his work with the Alhambra Creek Restoration and Environmental Education Collaborative (ACREEC), Mr. Skaredoff has been in many classrooms throughout the District presenting lectures and demonstrations. He has been a creative partner in grant-writing, PowerPoint presentations, and public forums. His self-effacing and easy-going manner has encouraged participation by many people who would not otherwise have gotten involved. .
- 2004 - Garrett Burke - Concept Designer for the John Muir-Yosemite design for the California State Quarter.
- 2003 - Diana Granados - for her work at the Lindsey Wildlife Museum.
- 2002 - Mike and Cecil Williams - Owners of the Wild Birds Unlimited store in Pleasant Hill, for educating Bay Area residents about the value and importance of backyard wildlife habitat.
- 2001 - Vacaville Mayor David Fleming, Vacaville City Manager John Thompson, recent Dixon Mayor Don Erickson and previous Dixon City Manager David Harris - for efforts resulting in a Northern California Interstate 80 greenbelt preserving farmland against urban growth.
- 2000 - Seth Adams - For Efforts with Save Mount Diablo
- 1999 - Gary Bogue - for contributions about Muir and the environment as outdoor writer for the Contra Costa Times
- 1998 - B. "Moose" Peterson - For wildlife photography promoting conservation.
- 1997 - Richard F. Dale - Sonoma Ecology Center.
- 1996 - Harold Wood - For efforts establishing John Muir Day, the John Muir Day Study Guide, the John Muir Exhibit Internet Website, and the Sierra Club John Muir Education Project.
- 1995 - Justice Wakefield Taylor - A founder of the John Muir Memorial Association who has been active in the group for many years.
- 1994 - Christina N. Batt, for her preservation efforts through the Martinez Land Trust - now called the Muir Heritage Land Trust.
- 1993 - Phillip Berry and Michelle Perrault for their numreous outstanding environmental protection efforts through the Sierra Club.
- 1992 - Susan Watson and her late husband Bob Watson - President of Save Mount Diablo and coordinator of the Technical Advisory Commmittee for Lassen Volcanic Park and Forest.
- 1991 - Al B. McNabney, Vice- President and Conservation Chair of Mt. Diablo Chapter of the Audubon Society.
- 1990 - William and Geneviebe Sattler - Co-founders of Save Mount Diablo and active in the County Park Council in the 1960s.
- 1989 - Representative George Miller - Outstanding environmental leader in Congress.
- 1988 - William Penn Mott, Jr. - Honored for his accomplishments as Director of the U.s. National Park Service, and as long time director of the California State Park System.
- 1987 - Jean Richmond - volunteer naturalist for Mt. Diablo Chapter of the Audubon Society, and author of Birding Northern California.
- 1987 - Special Lifetime conservation Award - John Davis - past Association president and active Muir House volunteer, and author of book on natural history walks of Martinez Area
- 1986 - Nancy Fahden, a Contra Costa County members of the Board of Supervisors, for her efforts in revitalization of Martinez waterfront.
- 1985 - Louis and Mildren Stein - for work in purchasing and restoring the Martinez Adobe, part of the John Muir National Historic Site
- 1984 - Henry and Faire Saxe - for acquiring (in 1955), preserving, and restoring the Muir home, and arousing public interest in establishing it as a National Historic Site.
- 1983 - John Nejedly, state legislator, for his efforts in protecting Mount Diablo.
- 1982 - Al and Mary Burton - long-time leaders in establishing a county park program for Contra Costa County, including organizing the Contra Costa Park Council and addition of county parks to the East Bay Regional Park District.
- 1981 - Hulet Hornbeck, for his accomplishments in adding lands for parks in the East Bay Regional Parks District.
- 1980 - Mary L. Bowerman - author of Flowering Plants and Ferns of Mount Diablo and active in Sierra Club, Audubon Society, and California Native Plant Society.
- 1979 - Dr. Edgar Wayburn - past President of the Sierra Club who has saved millions of acres of wilderness in Alaska and many California parklands.
- 1978 - Marshall Kuhn, for his contributions through the local Sierra Club chapter . This year, the program speaker was Conrad Knoll of Berkeley on "A Study of Glaciers: Why were they so fascinating to John Muir?"
John Muir Association (JMA)
P.O. Box 2433
Martinez, CA 9455
Phone: (925) 229-3857