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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Washington Wild's 2012 Conservation Award Winners

 Washington Wild’s annual dinner and auction, a Wild Night Out, is coming up on November 10, 2012 at the Mountaineers Club in Magnuson Park. This is an annual tradition for WW and gives us the opportunity to engage with our supporters in an intimate setting with good drinks, food, and of course, auction items!

During this event, we also present two awards – The Karen M. Fant Founder’s Award and the Conservation Voices Award. These awards are presented to people who have exhibited exemplary dedication and commitment to the conservation field over the course of a year.. This year, we are proud to be presenting the awards to the following individuals: 

2012 Karen M. Fant Founder’s Award: Tim McNulty

Tim McNulty is a poet, conservationist, and nature writer.  He has made his home on Washington's Olympic Peninsula since 1972, and currently resides in Sequim, WA.

Tim McNulty
Tim has written extensively on wilderness, forests, wildlife, and conservation issues for many publications, including American Forests, High Country News, The Oregonian, Slate, and The Seattle Times. His natural history books include Olympic National Park: A Natural History, Washington's Mount Rainier National Park, Washington's Wild Rivers: the Unfinished Work, and From the Air: Olympic Peninsula, The Art of Nature. Tim has also written eight books of poetry.

For most of the past four decades, Tim has been active in conservation issues in the Northwest.  He worked toward the successful passage of the 1976 legislation that added Shi Shi Beach and Point of Arches to Olympic National Park's coastal strip.  As a founding board member for Washington Wild, he played a key role in the passage of the 1984 Washington Wilderness Act, which protected more than 1 million acres of forest lands in Washington. Tim also worked for the successful passage of the Washington National Parks Wilderness Act in 1988, the Elwha River Ecosystem Restoration Act in 1992, and the establishment of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary in 1994. 

In 2012, Tim was a critical part of the Wild Olympics Campaign’s advocacy and education efforts, which culminated in legislation being introduced in Congress to protect 126,000 acres of new Wilderness and the first ever Wild and Scenic Rivers on the Olympic Peninsula. Tim also led a successful hike for Washington Wild this year to his beloved Lower Gray Wolf trail within the Wild Olympics proposed Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River designations. 

2012 Conservation Voices Award: Congressman Norm Dicks
For the past 36 years, Norm Dicks has represented the 6th Congressional district, which includes the Olympic Peninsula, and has been a dominating presence within the political landscape of both Washingtons.

Norm Dicks
The environment has always been a high priority for Rep. Dicks. He was responsible for a key wilderness designation – the Clearwater Wilderness near Mt. Rainier– as part of the 1984 Washington Wilderness Act. He helped support passage of several other Wilderness bills in Congress, including the Washington Parks Wilderness Act of 1988 and the Wild Sky Wilderness Act of 2008.

He has been an effective leader, who understands that our environment is the natural foundation on which our economy is built. As Chairman of the Interior Appropriation Subcommittee, he has championed critical funding for salmon recovery, National Parks, the removal of the Elwha dams, and restoring Puget Sound. Congressman Dicks also championed new federal funding to begin to deal with the problem of old and decaying logging roads on our national forests, which are posing aquatic risks to our watersheds due to decades of neglect and lack of maintenance.

In 2012, Congressman Dicks joined Senator Murray in introducing the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, which would protect the first Wilderness on Olympic National Forest in more three decades and the first ever Wild and Scenic River designations. 

Please purchase your tickets today and join us for a truly Wild Night Out!

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