DEEP: 2000 Individual/Civic Group GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2000 Individual/Civic Group Related

Name of Civic Group or Individual

Category/Activity

Description of Activity

Louis Castagna
Stonington, CT
Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations Mr. Castagna is a fishing instructor in the DEP CARE Program. He works extensively with Boy Scouts.
James Ledwidge
Mystic, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations Mr. Ledwidge is a fishing instructor in the DEP CARE Program. He works with handicapped people.
Citizens Restoring Congamond, Inc.
Southwick, MA
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year; sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day; promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations The Citizens Restoring Congamond is a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the water quality of Congamond Lakes, environmental awareness and boating safety. Volunteer members donated their time and skills to dredge the Route 168 culvert. The group conducts a water-monitoring program to track the overall health of the lakes. They also sponsor annual clean-ups of waters, shoreline and the canal area of the lake.
The Lamb Farm
Ledyard, CT
Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property The Lamb Farm placed 22 acres of grassland into the Conservation Reserve Program. It maintains a feeding station and installed bird houses. It also implemented a forestry project with Ledyard VO AG students to improve forest habitat for wildlife. One program sponsor is Alan Page, USDA,Torrington. The Farm is also supported by Rep. Mary McGratton.
Flanders Nature Center
Woodbury, CT
Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects and opening large tracts of private property for public recreation The Nature Center purchased 686 acres of open space and began opening new trails along the waterfront for the public.
Windsor Locks Chamber of Commerce
Windsor Locks, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day The Chamber sponsored the Main Street Cleanup project on May 15, 1999 and May 20, 2000. Volunteers swept and cleaned the Main Street area and planted flowers along the street. In 1999 volunteers focused on the grounds of the Public Library. In 2000, volunteers focused on the Senior Center.
Rusty Lanzit
Chaplin, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations Mr. Lanzit is the founder of the Natchaug River Alliance and Chaplin Conservation Commission. He is also involved with many other municipal programs including: Walking Weekend Commission, Coverts Board Member, Chaplin Wetlands Commission, and Joshua's Trust.
Bill Babson
Simsbury, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations Mr. Babson taught over 14 years with the DEP CARE program. He has inspired others to teach, use and respect the environment. He has inspired elementary school children to undertake a community clean-up of Keeney Park and Keeney Pond.
Watershed Alliance of South Kent (WASK)
South Kent, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day; promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations WASK sponsored an April 15, 2000 clean-up of the area. It obtained a time line for repairing the south end of the Hatch Pond dam with DEP IWRD. They hired an engineer to develop stabilization plans for the east bank of the pond, fish and wildlife habitats, and a vegetation plan.
Valley Social Club
Ansonia, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day The Club sponsors a neighborhood clean-up program by promoting the pickup of garbage, planting flowers, repairing park and playground equipment, and helping people fix up their homes.
Eastern Connecticut Resource Conservation & Development Area, Inc.
Vernon, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property; and voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations The Greater Hartford Urban Outdoor Classroom and Nature Trails consists of over 50 learning stations utilizing various habitats along the North Branch of the Park River. Stations are designed to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the environment. The site was formerly an illegal dumping ground. Plans are underway to incorporate the site into a multi-grade environmental curriculum.
Connecticut Black Bass Anglers
Colchester, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year The Anglers go at least once a month to the meadows in Haddam, CT and clean-up the area around the boat ramp.
West Rock Nature Center
New Haven, CT
Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property The Nature Center established a native landscaping for wildlife program including a teaching garden. The area was opened to the public in May, 2000. The garden features viburnums, dogwoods, and other native shrubs.
Branford River Project
Branford, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day The Branford River Project annually sponsors a River Clean-Up Day in Branford. The 2000 clean-up was conducted on April 15, 2000. The organization initiated the first Branford River Festival in the fall of 1999 to promote awareness and conservation of river.
Justin Raymond
Colchester, CT
Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations Justin Raymond planned and built a trail and constructed a wildlife observation building on Mitchell Pond in Devil's Hopyard State Park. He raised $300.00 to purchase materials for the project.
Carl R. Ferrarese, Sr.
Stratford, CT
Opening large tracts of private property for public recreation Mr. Ferrarese negotiated an agreement with BHC to open 165 acres for disabled bow hunting in Easton, CT and 200 acres in Easton for UBC members for bow hunting
Paul A. Godwin
Clinton, CT
Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations Mr. Godwin, nearly 80 years old, carries water and attends to numerous young trees. He also helps maintain one of five trails in Peters Memorial Woods. He designed the artwork used in the Peters Memorial Woods Hiking Trails pamphlet.
Virginia P. Godwin
Clinton, CT
Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations Mrs. Godwin, nearly 80 years old, carries water and attends to numerous young trees. She also helps maintain one of five trails in Peters Memorial Woods.
Hope Hageman
Westport, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations As president of Friends of Sherwood Island, Ms. Hageman is an advocate for this and other state parks. She helped organize and participated in the International Coastal Clean-Up with scouts. She conducted some outreach on behalf of the parks to civic groups in Westport.
Lionel R. MacDonald
S. Windsor, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations For over 10 years, Mr. MacDonald has been a DEP CARE Instructor. He organized an eastern bluebird restoration program in his community. He is commonly known as "The Bluebird Man of South Windsor". He also builds, erects and monitors Northern Kestrel nesting boxes.
Frank McKane, Jr.
Oxford, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property; and voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations Mr. McKane is a member of the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Association of Sportsmen with Disabilities and DEP Fisheries Advisory Council. He is also the Chairman of the Public Access Commission, an Access Commission Director for the Outdoor Writers Association of Connecticut. He created a certified DEP Backyard Wildlife Habitat. He is a chief instructor in the DEP CARE program. He has conducted fishing demonstrations for Stratford's High School Outdoor Recreation Day and Beardsley Park Zoo "Connecticut Wild Day". He is a board member on the Lake Zoar Authority. He also taught at the "Women-in-the-Outdoors" program.
John Tucker
Bridgeport, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations Mr. Tucker helped clean up trash at the annual Housatonic River Spring Clean-up. He is an instructor in the DEP CARE program. He helped conduct fishing demonstrations at the Stratford High School's Outdoor Recreation Day and Beardsley Park Zoo "CT Wild Day". He assisted the Greater Bridgeport Bassters Free Fishing Day. He represented the Greater Bridgeport Bassters for the Housatonic Coalition and Fairfield County League of Sportsmen's Clubs. He also helped create B.A.D.S. (Boaters Against Drunk Skippers).
Ragged Mountain Foundation
Southington, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day The Foundation sponsored a trail clean-up project on June 5, 1999 as part of National Trails Day along the Metacomet Trail at Pinnacle Rock, Plainville. Volunteers filled an entire pickup truck and trailer with trash.
Michelle Noehren
Trumbull, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations Michelle Noehren, a senior in high school, was the chair-person for the development of a nature trail. She initiated a petition and gave speeches at town meetings to prevent the woods behind the school from being converted into a baseball field.
Wildlife at Work Team
Bayer Corporation
Pharmaceutical Div., Health Env. & Safety Department
West Haven, CT
Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property The Team consists of employee volunteers that significantly enhanced Bayer's on-site wildlife preserve (Oyster River Nature Area). Educational tours and banding sessions were conducted for over 200 school age children during the past year.
Scott Drugonis
Seymour, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day; and voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations Mr. Drugonis is the Program Director for Trout Unlimited, Naugatuck Valley River Keeper. He undertakes water quality monitoring and submits the findings to the Naugatuck River steward and DEP. He reports Clean Water Act violations to DEP and contaminated river industry sites to DEP and the Health Department. Mr. Drugonis runs bi-monthly meetings with River Keepers. He also organizes community clean-ups, performs land acquisition and trail building along river greenways, and implements erosion control guidelines. He developed a hazardous materials response and grant proposal for the Seymour Fire Department.
Roy A. Wilson, Jr.
East Hartford, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations Mr. Wilson is a Chief Fisheries Instructor. He conducted a free fishing day at Riverside Park, Hartford and sponsored a "clean-sweep" operation for young adults on the Connecticut River in Glastonbury (a 500' beach-front manicure).
Northwest Connecticut Rod & Gun Club
Canaan, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations The Gun Club sponsored hunter safety courses, a fishing derby, an archery course, and pistol and rifle shoots to benefit a VFW scholarship fund
Hartford Environmental Justice Network
Hartford, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations The organization provides environmental education and training to the public at monthly meetings, including training on the DEP solid waste management plan
Robert E. Neuman, Jr.
Noank, CT
Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects Mr. Neuman planned and led the construction and installation of several foot bridges over a muddy area of the main walking and biking path through Haley Farm State Park.
George Finch
Groton, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations Mr. Finch is a member of the Bluff Point Deer Conservation (meat processed and donated to soup kitchen), Citizens Advisory Council to DEP, and a DEP Hunter Safety/Trapping Instructor
Richard C. Kobylenski
Goshen, CT
Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations Mr. Kobylenski, President of the Goshen Land Trust, is largely responsible for creating a hiking trail on land trust property, including the building of a bridge (sawing lumber at his saw mill). Mr. Kobylenski provided over half of the physical labor.
Riverfront Recapture, Inc.
Hartford, CT
Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations Riverfront Recapture worked with 8 teenagers from the Capital Region Education Council to build 3 Wisconsin Cribs in Riverside Park and transported them to Crow Point Cove. The teenagers also learned about fish ecology in the CT River.
Vincent Piselli
Milford, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations Mr. Piselli adopted Silver Sands Parkway in Milford. He removed over 12 pick-up trucks full of scrap metal, bottles and cans. He removed invasive exotics from a corner lot and is creating a meadow area. He runs the Eagle Scout Habitat Restoration Projects at the New Canaan Nature Center, including 2 man-made ponds and the restoration of 3 acres of red maple swamp. He applied for NWF Certification.
Friends of A.W. Stanley Nature Trail
New Britain, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations; donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations; and opening large tracts of private property for public recreation The Friends, a volunteer group, worked on developing a trail at the A.W. Stanley Park in New Britain. They assisted in conducting an environmental review for the park. They have completed several environmental enhancements at the park. They have actively assisted in the development of a trail guide for the urban outdoor nature trail.
United Earth Fund
Ann Arbor, MI
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day The organization sponsored a clean-up of Rocky Hill Ferry, Cromwell boat launch and Glastonbury Ferry.
Cub Scouts Pack 21
Bristol, CT
Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects and sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day Working with Pequabuck River Watershed Association, the Pack removed approximately one ton of trash from the river and river banks. The scouts have removed 2 tons of trash from the river over the past 2 years. Twenty scouts have earned World Conservation Awards because of these efforts.
Carla Francis
Columbia, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day Ms. Francis sponsored a clean-up of the Rocky Hill Ferry, Cromwell boat launch and Glastonbury Ferry.
Walter J. Klimczak, Jr.
Collinsville, CT
Converting or purchasing buses or other fleet vehicles which run on natural gas, electricity or other environmentally friendly alternative fuels Mr. Klimczak purchased a natural gas powered auto in 1999. The car displaces over 12 barrels of imported oil and greatly diminishes air pollution.
Allie, Amy and David Steinmetz
Woodbridge, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations 5 years ago, the Steinmetz children, started "No Butts About It", a campaign to help rid the earth of cigarette butt litter. They created a poster, found free disposable ashtrays and made them available through their town. They each received the President's Environmental Youth Award and was chosen as a Disney Millenium Dreamer to be featured in National Geographic World magazine. DEP state parks and DOT welcome centers are also using the ashtrays. Some twenty states are now involved in the campaign. They are proposing legislation for cigarette companies to include disposable ashtrays in packaging.
Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center
Milford, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year; sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day; promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations The Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center sponsors the clean-up of the McKinney Refuge and daily clean-ups of Milford Point through their Sanctuary Ranger Program. The organization is engaged in a wildlife enhancement program and serves over 15,000 people per year with educational programs.
Greater Bridgeport Bassters
Bridgeport, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations The Greater Bridgeport Bassters co-sponsored the Housatonic River Spring Clean-Up. The organization is a member of the Housatonic Coalition and Recreational Fishing Alliance. It attended a 1999 public hearing impacting CT sportsmen. It sponsored 2 DEP CT Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) fishing clinics and the CARE Free Fishing Day program. It helped create B.A.D.S. (Boaters Against Drunk Skippers). Some 50% of its members are DEP CARE instructors. The organization is active in the DEP Fisheries Advisory Council, the Outdoor Writers of CT, the Fairfield League of Sportsman's Clubs and the CT Association of Sportsmen with Disabilities.
Jeffrey Rathbun
Pawcatuck, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations Mr. Rathbun is a member of the Bluff Point Deer Conservation (meat processed and donated to soup kitchen) and a DEP Hunter Safety Instructor.
John Trolan
Groton, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations Mr. Trolan is a membert of the Bluff Point Deer Conservation (meat processed and donated to soup kitchen).
Troop 140, Boy Scouts of America
Oakville, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year; sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day; promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats and implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property The Troup cleaned a 2-mile section of the Naugatuck River by removing 58 tires, metal, wood and plastic debris. They planted 1,200 plants, pines, raspberry bushes, willows, and millet to inprove wildlife habitats in the area. They installed 2 wood duck and 6 bluebird houses. The Troup also wrapped large trees with wire to stop active beavers.

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