The Coastal Post - May 2000

Earth Day Awards Give Recognition To Valley Men

By Jim Scanlon

Mark Warner and Bob Chamberlain, both of Lagunitas received Environmental Hero Awards from the Lynn Woolsey and the National Marine Fisheries (Part of NOAA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) on Saturday at a presentation at the Civic Center Showcase Theater on Earth Day, April 22.

Nominations were solicited by Vice President Albert Gore from all Federal departments looking for outstanding efforts by individual citizens.

Warner is a hard hat owner of Performance Excavating who volunteers generously of his expertise with heavy equipment in stream bed rehabilitation to benefit salmon and steelhead and the complex community of plants and animals upon which they depend. Roy's Dam on San Geronimo Creek and the Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery on the Smith River were cited.

Bob Chamberlain also of Lagunitas, is a board member of Trout Unlimited was cited for his work on Roy's Dam and Rowdy Creek, is well known for his untiring efforts to protect and preserve Lagunitas Creek. Every inch the image of an outdoorsman, Chamberlain is not afraid of getting his feet wet and his hands dirty, is often seen during miserable winter weather collecting samples of spent salmon for use by scientists to establish genetic profiles of this threatened species.

Stan Griffin of Mill Valley also received an Environmental Hero award for work over the last five years helping to insure that wildlife interests are considered by the State Water Resources Control Board in allocating water from tributaries of the Russian and Navarro Rivers. All three men are "grunt" environmentalists. All Day, EveryDay Environmental Awards

In a separate award ceremony on Earth Day festivities at Civic Center, Jean Behrensmeier of Lagunitas and Ray Kane of Forest Knolls were recognized by the Marin Community Foundation for their work in establishing an Environmental Education Center located in the San Geronimo Valley Cultural Center.

Also receiving a MCF award was a teacher (whose name the Coastal Post did not get at press time) representing the Lagunitas School for establishing and protecting tree frog habitat near the school.

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