Volunteer Leadership

Maggie Hurchalla

Indian River Lagoon Feasibility Study
Stuart, Florida
Maggy Hurchalla’s family moved to Miami in the 1920s, just in time for the 1926 Hurricane-a wall of water and wind that humbled Florida’s boom-time settlers.

Maggy Hurchalla

Indian River Lagoon Feasibility Study
Stuart, Florida
Ms. Maggy Hurchalla understood the dynamic nature of Florida's wetlands from a young age, going on to serve as a county commissioner in Florida, where she protected wetlands for 20 years.

Jim Sweeney

Izaak Walton League of America
Schererville, Indiana
As a line walker for Lakehead Pipeline Company, Jim Sweeney would often walk the entire pipeline right-of-way between Elgin, Illinois, and Merrillville, Indiana.

Norma Flannery

Oxbow, Incorporated
Cincinnati, Ohio
In a successful organization such as Oxbow, Incorporated, a group of dedicated, hard-working people generally form its core.

Roma Armbrust and Jean Harris

Ormond Beach Observers
Ventura and Oxnard, California
When Jean Harris and Roma Armbrust call a meeting to discuss preservation of Ormond Beach, environmentalists, property owners, and officials from all branches of government flock to the table.

Molly P. Brown

Friends of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Molly Brown began her public crusade to protect wetlands and wildlife habitat in Virginia Beach more than a decade ago.

Patricia and Michael McCoy, DVM

Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association
Imperial Beach, California
Patricia and Mike McCoy have dedicated the past two decades to preserving Southern California’s wetland resources and to educating the public about their value.

Larry J. Smith

Wolf River Conservancy
Memphis, Tennessee
Larry J. Smith and his outgoing personality and unflagging energy have sparked the interest of children, bolstered the efforts of other local activists, and heightened public awareness of the environmental issues faced by the region.

Martin Weeks

Vermillion, South Dakota
Martin Weeks has proven himself to be a tireless protector of his region’s wetlands.

Aurora Gareiss and Virginia Michels Dent

Community Organizers
Queens, New York
Since the late-1960s, Aurora Gareiss and Virginia Michels Dent have led a series of battles to save the expansive salt marsh and freshwater wetland complexes surrounding their beloved Littleneck Bay in Queens, New York City.