Conservation Award Nominees

Regional conservation nonprofit Wild South has announced the Nominee Finalists for the 2011 Roosevelt-Ashe Society Conservation Awards.

The awards recognize and honor outstanding conservation work to protect wild places in the South.

The 2011 nominees represent six U.S. states and exemplify dedication and passion for environmental conservation. The winners will be announced and awards presented at The 4th Annual Green Oscars--the Roosevelt-Ashe Society’s Green Tie Gala--on March 23 in Asheville, NC.

"Conservation groups know that we cannot realize our vision with staff and volunteers alone,” said Tracy Davids, Wild South’s executive director.

"Success requires the support of each citizen who believes in the power of a South with healthy, intact ecosystems.”

The nominees are:

Lifetime Achievement Award

Ralph White (James River Park, VA)

Outstanding Journalist

Don Hendershot (Smoky Mountain News, NC)

David Joy (Crossroads Chronicles, “Growing Gills”, NC)

Glynn Wilson (Locust Fork News, AL)

Outstanding Business

Greenway Transit Services, LLC (Durham, NC)

Highland Craftsmen, Inc (Spruce Pine, NC)

Cherokee Indian Hospital (Cherokee, NC)

Outstanding Volunteer

Margaret Copeland (Audubon MS/Friends of Noxubee, MS)

Robin Hinter (Georgia Forest Watch, GA)

Carmen Cantrell (Clinch Coalition, VA)

Outstanding Educator

Mark Case (Southern Guilford High, NC)

Maggie Johnston (McDowell Environmental Center, AL)

Blair Ogburn (Balsam Mountain Preserve, NC)

Outstanding Conservationist

Barry Sulkin (TN PEER Director, TN)

Mark Miller (SAFC- VA Organizer, VA)

Jeff Hunter (SAFC- TN Wild Campaign, TN)

Outstanding Philanthropist

Leigh Bost, Patagonia Atlanta (GA)

Brad & Shelli Stanback (NC)

The Young Family Foundation (AL)

Outstanding Youth

Rachel Hopkins (Raleigh, NC)

Alex Durand & Laura Rigell (TennYEN, TN)

Community Partners for The 4th Annual Green Oscars include The Green Sage Café, Deltec Homes, Eagles Nest Outfitters, Mountain High Outfitters, Pisgah Brewing Co., Hickory Nut Gap Farm, Earth Fare, Blackbird Frame & Art, Greenlife Grocery, Sour Grapes, LLC, Celine & Co. Catering-“On Broadway”.

Wild South is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire people to enjoy, value and protect the wild character and natural legacy of the South. For more information, go to .