1996 National Wetlands Awards Recipients

Klaus O. Richter, Ph.D.

King County Natural Resources Division
Seattle, Washington
Dr. Klaus Richter is a Senior Ecologist in King County, Washington’s Natural Resources Division, specializing in wetland issues.

William J. Mitsch, Ph.D.

The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
Dr. William J. Mitsch is a Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Science at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Sue Ellen Lyons

Holy Cross High School
New Orleans, Louisiana
During her 30-year teaching career, Sue Ellen Lyons has educated thousands of Louisiana students and citizens about the importance of wetlands and has involved them in countless conservation projects.

J.B. (Bunker) Sands

Rosewood Ranches
Dallas, Texas
For the past 15 years, Bunker Sands has directed the restoration of more than 1,600 acres of wetlands on Rosewood Ranches, a working cattle ranch.

Don and Debbi Koeberlein

Tolono, Illinois
Don and Debbi Koeberlein have demonstrated their outstanding dedication to the protection of wetlands through several wetland restoration projects they have completed on their property and by encouraging other farmers to participate in similar activities.

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.

Hillrie Quin, Jr., and Jerry McCollum

The Conservation Fund and Georgia Wildlife Federation
Atlanta and Madison, Georgia
Hillrie Quin, Jr., and Jerry McCollum have spearheaded a wetlands and river preservation movement in Georgia.

Donald M. Reed

Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
Waukesha, Wisconsin
As Chief Biologist of the Natural Resources Planning and Management Division for the Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, Donald M. Reed has been a major force in environmental planning for wetlands protection in Wisconsin.

Jackie Sartoris and Don Witherill

Maine State Planning Office and Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Augusta, Maine
Jackie Sartoris and Donald Witherill have worked diligently to increase protection of Maine’s wetlands.