2008 National Wetlands Awards Recipients

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.

John Dorney

North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources
Raleigh, North Carolina
Mr. Dorney, an employee of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, has been the visionary and driving force behind the development of North Carolina’s wetland and stream protection programs since 1990.

Valer and Josiah Austin

El Coronado Ranch
Pearce, Arizona
Mr. and Mrs. Austin have invested in the maintenance of open spaces and restoration of watersheds to promote the biodiversity of the Sonoran Desert region in southeastern Arizona.

Mildred Majoros

Trust for Public Land
South Miami, Florida
Ms. Majoros, a Project Manager with the Trust for Public Land, led an initiative to acquire 270 acres of coastal habitat – including 212 acres of intertidal and emergent wetlands – that benefits 14 federally-listed threatened and endangered species.

Raymond Semlitsch

University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, Missouri
Dr. Semlitsch is a Professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Caroline Dean

Opelika, Alabama
For over 40 years, Ms. Dean has dedicated herself to advocating for and educating others about native flora and wildflowers in the Southeastern U.S., especially those found in wetlands.