Wetland Community Leader

Roberto Viqueira

Yauco, Puerto Rico
Protectores de Cuencas, Inc.

Barbara "Maka'ala" A. Ka'aumoana

Hanalei, Hawaii
Barbara “Maka’ala” A. Ka’aumoana is the executive director of the Hanalei Watershed Hui, a community-based, nonprofit focused on the stewardship of the natural, cultural, and economic resources of the Hanalei Bay Watershed.

Esther Lev

The Wetlands Conservancy
Portland, Oregon
For nearly 30 years, Esther Lev has worked tirelessly to protect wetlands across the state of Oregon.

Mark Silberstein

Elkhorn Slough Foundation
Moss Landing, California
As the director of the Elkhorn Slough Foundation for 30 years, Mark Silberstein has worked tirelessly to protect, restore, and share the Elkhorn Slough, one of California’s most significant wetland environments.

Todd Miller

North Carolina Coastal Federation
Newport, North Carolina
Mr. Todd Miller, founder of the North Carolina Coastal Federation (NCCF), has protected the state’s valuable coastal wetlands for three decades.

Jan Vandersloot

Bolsa Chica Land Trust
Huntington Beach, California
Dr. Jan Vandersloot co-founded the Bolsa Chica Land Trust (BCLT) and—by organizing concerned citizens, meeting with local officials, and building coalitions—led a 17-year effort to successfully preserve 1,700-acre Bolsa Chica wetland ecosystem.

Melissa Samet

American Rivers
San Anselmo, California
The Senior Director of Water Resources at American Rivers in San Francisco, Melissa Samet has dedicated her career to the protection and restoration of wetlands through the use of advocacy, education, and litigation.

Diane Nygaard

Preserve Calavera
Oceanside, California
Ms. Nygaard founded the non-profit Preserve Calavera, which, under her leadership, has become the largest conservation group in north San Diego County.

Alice Wellford

Rappahannock Phragmites Action Committee
Richmond, Virginia
Alice Wellford is a landowner and naturalist who splits her time between the City of Richmond and Essex County, Virginia.

Chester A. McConnell

Mobile, Alabama
Mr. Chester A. McConnell has devoted his professional and personal energies to researching, monitoring, and protecting wildlife species, and has focused for decades on wetlands and streams.

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