2002 National Wetlands Awards Recipients

Robert Hastings

Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station
Hammond, Louisiana
It has been said that an excellent teacher does not educate the mind at the expense of the heart.

Clarence Mortenson

Mortenson Ranch
Hayes, South Dakota
A horseback ride to visit an old cowboy neighbor in 1942 changed young Clarence Mortenson’s life.

Jim King

California Coastal Conservancy
Oakland, California
Nature needs a defender in the beat-up U.S./Mexico borderlands.

William Patrick

Louisiana State University-Wetland Biogeochemistry Institute
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
William Patrick has been a leader in wetland research for more than 50 years, producing seminal work on wetland soil processes.

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.

K. Angel Pilago

Kohanaiki ’Ohana
Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i
Ka’apikapika Angel Pilago is the founder and executive director of the Kohanaiki ’Ohana.

Christy Foote-Smith

Massachusetts Wetlands Restoration Program
Boston, Massachusetts
Christy Foote-Smith’s passion for wetlands began with her childhood explorations of the interdunal ponds along the southern shores of Lake Michigan.