Spring 2010
Vol. 18 No. 1

In this issue...

Reflections from the President

Board Member News

News from Washington

Intrepid Pond

Update: Nature Area Gibraltar Bay Unit of the Detroit River Refuge

Hennepin Marsh Clean-up

Boy Scout Project

2010 GI Conservationist of the Year Award

Special Projects

Annual Meeting

Earth Day

Honors & Recognitions

Stewardship Corner

Memorials & Honorariums

Deer Resistant Plants

Did you know?

Upcoming Events...

April 24
Earth Day

1PM to 4PM
Centennial Farm

May 15
Dump the Junk Clean Up
Meet 9AM to Noon
Centennial Farm
Contact Pat Selby

November 6
Annual Meeting
10AM to 11:30AM
Centennial Farm


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Conservationist of the Year - Doug Thiel
by Liz Hugel

photo by Jim Conley 

Over the years we have presented this award to individuals who go far beyond our expectations for contributing to the preservation, conservation and natural beauty of Grosse Ile. We look community-wide for nominees, but sometimes we can't overlook the exemplary contributions of particular board members.

Doug Thiel was named the recipient of the 2009 Conservationist of the Year Award for contributions that covered a wide-range of accomplishments. He was honored for his project leadership, for his recruiting of new board members, for his regional activism in the area of conservation and environmental protection, for his guidance, wisdom and patience in teaching new members of the board, and for mentoring students, such as our Eagle Scout... all in 2009 alone.

While some people may accomplish much in a multi­dimensional way over the course of years, it's rare to accomplish so much on so many fronts in such a short time span. The Conservancy and the downriver region have all benefited from Doug's conservation work and we are all grateful for his community dedication.