Wild South’s Roosevelt-Ashe Society Announces 2011 ‘Green Oscar’ Finalists

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ASHEVILLE, NC — Regional conservation nonprofit organization Wild South announced the finalist nominees for the 2011 Roosevelt-Ashe Society Conservation Awards on Monday and the list includes Glynn Wilson of The Locust Fork News-Journal as one of three finalists in the “Outstanding Journalist” category.

The awards recognize “conservation heroes” across the South and honor outstanding conservation work in 2011 to protect wild places.

“The nominees represent six states and exemplify dedication and passion for environmental conservation,” Tracy Davids, Wild South’s Executive Director, said in the press release announcing the finalists. “Conservation groups know that we cannot realize our vision with staff and volunteers alone. Success requires the support of each citizen who believes in the power of a South with healthy, intact ecosystems.”

The winners will be announced and awards presented at the Fourth Annual Green Oscars — the Roosevelt-Ashe Society’s Green Tie Gala — held March 23, 2012 in Asheville, North Carolina.


“The award winners are champions for all of us to believe we can change this world, we can change our destructive behaviors, we can make a difference,” said Randy Talley, co-owner of The Green Sage Café, where the event will be held.

“The Roosevelt-Ashe Society Conservation Awards have always attracted high caliber nominees, and this year continues that tradition,” said Virginia Dollar, Award Selection Committee member. “These conservation heroes all have their own amazing stories of passion for a cause, hard work and victory.”

Here is the full list of the final nominees:

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 Fourth 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.

© 2012, Glynn Wilson. All rights reserved.

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