Maine Woods Forever looking for youth award nominations

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Maine Woods Forever invites nominations for the Teddy Roosevelt Maine Conservation Award, a new youth-oriented award it has created.

The award recognizes youths and youth groups whose efforts are in the spirit of Roosevelt’s conservation ethic and achievements and recognizes what Maine’s youth are doing to conserve the forest heritage, with an eye to their potential as future conservation leaders.

“The Teddy Roosevelt Maine Conservation Award honors today’s young people and the legacy of America’s most celebrated conservationist, President Theodore Roosevelt,” said John Rust, a board member of Maine Woods Forever and chairman of the effort. “Many credit his rugged sojourns in Maine during the late 1800s with shaping his determination to conserve our natural world.”

Maine Woods Forever looks forward to receiving nominations from across Maine for the first recipient of the Teddy Roosevelt Maine Conservation Award, to be announced in March.

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Nominations will be judged by members of the Maine Woods Forever board of directors.

The award will be given to youths or youth organizations who demonstrate a commitment to Maine’s forests and woodlands.

Special attention will be paid to unsung nominees who have achieved success not otherwise recognized. Weight will be given to leadership qualities demonstrated by inspiring others to participate or influencing conservation and education practices.

Application details are provided on the Maine Woods Forever website. Visit http://mainewoodsforever.org/teddy-roosevelt-maine-conservation-award/ to read and download additional material.

Deadline for nominations is Thursday, Jan. 15. Submit material by email to TRMCAward@mainewoodsforever.org. For questions, send an email to TRMCAward@mainewoodsforever.org.

Maine Woods Forever is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating and protecting the legacy of Maine’s forests and woodlands. Maine Woods Forever was founded in 2004 to foster collaborations between the people and organizations devoted to conserving the forests and woodlands for today and future generations. For further information, visit www.mainewoodsforever.org and www.thoreauwabanakitrail.org.

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