Winners from Africa, Canada and the United States Receive Awards at Ceremony in Calgary
CALGARY, Alberta, Sep 30, 2003 -- The founder of the world's
first cheetah protection program, the director of The Nature Conservancy in
Utah and the creator of a unique art education program in Canada are among the
six winners honored today by the 49th annual ChevronTexaco Conservation
"Any conservation effort -- large or small -- makes a difference. It is
our hope that recognizing award-winning conservation efforts educates and
inspires others to preserve natural resources," said Rhonda Zygocki, vice
president of health, environment and safety for ChevronTexaco.
Since its founding in 1954 by the late Ed Zern, an acclaimed American
outdoors writer, the ChevronTexaco Conservation Awards have honored more than
1,000 volunteers, professionals and organizations for their practical and
creative solutions to environmental challenges.
An independent panel of leading conservationists selected the winners.
Award recipients were honored at ceremonies at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary,
Canada, and each received a US$10,000 prize.
The ChevronTexaco Conservation Award honorees for 2003 are:
- Robert Bateman, The Robert Bateman National Wildlife Week Writing and
Art Contest. Surprised to learn that most young people are better at
identifying corporate logos than wildlife, Mr. Bateman launched his
unique educational program in Canada to help young people learn about
the country's wildlife heritage, endangered species, climate change
concerns and environmental protection efforts. Last year more than
42,000 entries were received; 100,000 entries from all over Canada are
expected this year.
- Dr. Karen Eckert, Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network
(WIDECAST). As executive director of WIDECAST, Dr. Eckert's
remarkable efforts to save the endangered sea turtle have resulted in
an international response involving nearly 40 governments, the United
Nations, fellow scientists and conservationists. Because of her
ability to find collaborative solutions that balance community needs
and marine protection, the decline of sea turtles in the Caribbean
region has been reversed.
- David Livermore, The Nature Conservancy of Utah. During the past two
decades under Mr. Livermore's leadership, The Nature Conservancy of
Utah has completed more than 100 conservation projects which have
protected more than 800,000 acres of public and private land in
the state. Using a strategy of collaboration, not confrontation, it
has been able to protect the Great Salt Lake; the 890-acre
Scott M. Matheson Preserve, the largest wetlands area along the
Colorado River in Utah; and, the 255,000 acre Dugout Ranch near
Canyonlands National Park.
- Dr. Laurie Marker, Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). Seeing the number
of cheetahs in Africa fall from 30,000 to just 15,000 in the last
quarter century, Dr. Marker founded CCF in 1990. It is the first
organization created solely to saving the endangered cheetah. CCF has
launched successful land management practices and youth educational
programs and has established a global network of cheetah
conservationists across Africa. Based in central Namibia, CCF has
become an international model for protecting endangered species.
- Elizabeth Cushman Titus Putnam, Student Conservation Association
(SCA). Since Ms. Putnam founded SCA 47 years ago, it has grown into
the nation's leading conservation service organization for young
people. Today, more than 2,700 SCA volunteers are active each year in
national parks, forests and urban green spaces in all 50 states in the
U.S. From Alaska's tundra to Yellowstone's geysers to the Everglade's
fragile ecosystem, SCA volunteers restore habitats, protect wildlife
and conduct research. SCA is building the next generation of
conservation leaders and inspiring lifelong stewardship of our
environment and communities.
- Susan Seacrest, Groundwater Foundation. Ms. Seacrest launched the
Groundwater Foundation 18 years ago when she became aware of studies
linking groundwater contamination to the alarming cancer rates in
Nebraska. Since then, the foundation has blossomed into an
international model for protecting groundwater. Its Groundwater
Guardian (GG) program has become a vast network of 200 communities and
organizations in 37 states. In 2002, GG teams implemented protection
programs affecting more than 15 million citizens. Since 1985, more
than 35,000 fourth and fifth graders across the nation have
participated in the Children's Groundwater Festival and other
Based in San Ramon, Calif., ChevronTexaco is the second-largest U.S.-based
energy company and the fifth largest in the world, based on market
capitalization. More than 53,000 ChevronTexaco employees work in
approximately 180 countries around the world, producing crude oil and natural
gas, and marketing fuels and other energy products.
SOURCE ChevronTexaco Corporation