Maine Woods Forever invites nominations for the second annual Teddy Roosevelt Maine Conservation Award, a youth-oriented award it launched one year ago.

This award recognizes young people and youth organizations whose efforts are in the spirit of Roosevelt’s conservation ethic and achievements, and recognizes what Maine’s young people are doing to conserve our 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 this effort, in a news release. “Many credit his rugged sojourns in Maine during the late 1800s with shaping his determination to conserve our natural world.”

Recipients must 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 that inspire others to participate in the stewardship of our forests and woodlands.

Qualifying activities must be within Maine. Individual applicants must be age 10 through High School (applicants older than 18 are acceptable if still attending high school). Youth organizations must have conservation projects that primarily involve youths of these ages.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 15. Maine Woods Forever will announce the recipients in April of 2016.

For an application, visit mainewoodsforever.org.


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