Six Rivers Conservation Celebration

Six Rivers was thrilled to hold our fall Conservation Celebration on Thursday, October 25th at the Paint Creek Cider Mill in Rochester. We had a fantastic time in the historic mill building and on the patio over looking the scenic Paint Creek joined by supporters who came to celebrate our 2018 mission-driven achievements.

The festivities included grilled bratwurst and hot dogs, pulled pork and fixins’. We were delighted to honor our Brown Iron Brewhouse Volunteer of the Year, Dr. Ben VanderWeide, Honorable Mention Volunteer Katelyn Walton, and to present Board Vice President Gary Kravitz with the Staff Appreciation Award in grateful recognition of his leadership and support of Six Rivers. Also in the spotlight at the Celebration were the winners of our annual Nature Near You photo contest. Party guests had the opportunity to vote on the People’s Choice winners, as well as bid on the fantastic photographs from all over the Six Rivers service area. Award winners and their stunning artwork can be seen on the Photo Contest page.

New this year, Executive Director Chris Bunch introduced the inaugural Peggy Johnson Conservation Hero Award. The award is presented to individuals whose long-term commitment to conservation has resulted in substantial benefits to the community and the cause of conservation. Peggy Johnson was founder and original executive director of the Clinton River Watershed Council as well as an original board member of Oakland Land Conservancy, one of the entities that became Six Rivers Land Conservancy as it is today. This year the Peggy Johnson Conservation Hero Award was presented to two individuals at opposite arms of the same project. Both Dianne Martin of ASTI Environmental Inc. and Mary Bogush have been involved with the soon-to-be protected Turtle Woods Preserve in Troy for over 20 years. Turtle Woods is a rare large remnant lake-plain prairie habitat with a large forested wetland complex unusual in urbanized areas. The property has been owned by the Troy School District for many years in case of expansion but now are willing to transfer the property in order to protect its conservation values.

Chris finished the program by sharing what we’ve accomplished this past year in conservation, including the acquisition of another parcel to our Anchor Bay Woods Preserve and receiving the 2018 Spring Invasive Species Removal Heavy Weight Title with over 100 volunteers at six stewardship events, ending with a thanks to all of our volunteers, donors, supporters, and friends. Chris spoke from the heart when he said, “I’m grateful to all of you for the shared sense of value we all have that lets us work together to keep nature near the places we live, work and play.”

Six Rivers is grateful for all the support we’ve received throughout 2018, and we were pleased to have the opportunity to celebrate that support and our accomplishments at this fall event.       

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Dianne Martin and
Mary Bogush

Peggy Johnson Conservation Hero Award Co-Recipients

Thank you to our 2018 Conservation Celebration Preserve Sponsors:

Zale Group Wealth Management

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Thank you to our 2018 Conservation Celebration Stream Sponsors:

ASTI Environmental Inc.

Young & Young Architects