BG woman honored by state as 'true conservationist' PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Saturday, 19 December 2009 08:41
(Photo courtesy Ohio Department of Natural Resources)
Georgia Welles receives and award from ODNR Director Sean D. Logan.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources recently awarded its highest honor to five individuals including Georgia Welles from Bowling Green.
According to documentation provided in the presentation's program, Welles was called a "true conservationist."
The program read that "Welles has devoted much of her time, talent and generosity to preserving Ohio's natural resources.
"Her life-long work has been instrumental in protecting the Oak Openings Region in Northwest Ohio, including Kitty Todd Preserve in Lucas County. Her efforts have extended beyond the borders of Ohio as she spearheaded global fundraising initiatives as a board member for the Ohio Program of The Nature Conservancy."
In addition, since 2002, Welles has been a member of the Conservancy's International Board of Directors.
She also serves on the Governance and Nominating Committee for the board, the Global Priorities Committee and the President's Conservation Council.
The awards program also indicated, "The Nature Conservancy honored Welles with the National Oak Leaf award, its highest honor. With her late husband, David, she established the Cricket Island Foundation; today, three generations participate in the family's commitment to social responsibility."
In addition to Welles the ODNR recognized several others who have made outstanding contributions to the protection and enjoyment of the state's natural resources. Inducted into the Ohio Natural Resources Hall of Fame along with Welles were Dr. Jim Bissell from Cleveland, the late Robert Redett of Amlin, Professor James Rinier from Kent and Nelson "Bud" Talbott from Cleveland.
The agency also presented its annual Cardinal Award for conservation achievement to Frank Phelps of Belle Center and Dick Sorg of Zanesville. The Director's Environmental Achievement Award was awarded to The Sherwin-Williams Company for their support of the department's Recovery Conservation Corps program.
ODNR Director Sean D. Logan presented the awards during a ceremony at the agency's Fountain Square Complex in Columbus.
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