Park and conservation award nominations sought

The Rockford Park District, Rockford Park District Foundation and the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District are seeking to honor a deserving conservationist.

The Atwood Award is given to recognize local citizens and/or organizations for their exceptional volunteer contributions in providing facilities, programs, or services in the area of parks, recreation and conservation.

The deadline for nominations is March 23. Nomination forms are available from the Rockford Park District Foundation office in the Old Post Office building or by calling the numbers shown below.

Individual nominees should be or have been residents of Winnebago County and have made their contribution within the past 20 years. Organizations within the County must have made the contribution within the past 10 years. Nominations of organizations cannot be made by a member of that organization.

The award will be presented as part of the City of Gardens Kick-Off Luncheon and program April 25. The event will feature keynote speaker Edith Makra, who is affiliated with Morton Arboretum. The award consists of a plaque of Kentucky Coffee tree wood with an Atwood memorial medal attached, a plate describing the award and an inscription bearing the date and name of the recipient.

For nomination forms and further information, contact Jamie Johannsen at the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District, 815-877-6100 or Judy Roby at Rockford Park District, 815-987-8695.

from the March 14-20, 2007, issue

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