Posted October 23, 2017 | 10:51 AM

County to Recognize Environment's Protectors

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Oct. 23, 2017) - Do you know an environmental champion, someone whose work to protect the environment has made a lasting difference in residents' quality of life?

Nominations are now being accepted for Hillsborough County's Theodore Roosevelt Hillsborough Forever Conservation Award. The honor is given annually to an individual or group who exemplifies dedication to preserving the County's natural resources. The award is named after Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., the 26th president of the United States and noted conservationist who placed more than 200 million acres under public protection.

"Preserving Hillsborough County's lands, waters, and wildlife pays dividends in many ways, from increased flood protection to cleaner air and water to a better quality of life, '' said Stacy White, chairman of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. "We created this award to encourage others to keep up the fight to protect the environment.''

Nominees must live or work in Hillsborough County and "be someone who shows persistence and dedication to long-term conservation of the County's natural resources, demonstrates integrity in performance toward conservation goals, and displays attributes of true conservation stewardship,'' according to the award criteria. Nominations will go through the Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program General Committee, which will send a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners for approval. The Board will hold an awards ceremony in April to coincide with National Arbor Day.

Nominations must be made by 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 and can be sent to Ross Dickerson, or by mail at Hillsborough County Environmental Lands Management, 10940 McMullen Road, Riverview FL 33569. Call (813) 672-7876 for more information.


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