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Posted: Monday, March 04, 2002

ACF seeks award nominations

The Alaska Conservation Foundation is seeking nominations of individuals involved in conservation work for its annual awards. Each year, ACF recognizes Alaskans who have made long-term contributions to the conservation movement in Alaska. The deadline for nominations is March 15. Nomination forms are available online at or by calling ACF at 276-1917. The awards include:

The Celia Hunter Award for Outstanding Volunteer Contributions -- Candidates should be ardent and active conservation supporters and should have made a difference in Alaska's conservation movement over many years.

The Olaus Murie Award for Outstanding Professional Contributions -- Candidates must have worked full-time for a private nonprofit, public agency or organization responsible for the environment.

The Lowell Thomas, Jr. Award for Outstanding Civil Service -- Candidates must be current or retired elected or appointed public officials who have achieved significant accomplishments to protect and preserve Alaska's wildlife, wilderness areas, ecosystems and sustainable communities.

The Wilcher Award for Outstanding High School Senior -- Candidates exhibit a concern for Alaska's environment through their school and extra-curricular activities. The award is accompanied by a $3,000 prize.

The Daniel Housberg Wilderness Image Awards recognize film, video and still photography projects that advance the protection of Alaska's wilderness environment, further the discussion of issues relating to habitat and stewardship of natural resources and enhance greater public education. Each award is accompanied by a $1,000 prize.

The Award for Alaska Native Writers on the Environment -- Candidates should be Native writers who write about the importance of Alaska's natural environment in their lives and culture and reflect a need to protect ecosystems. The winner will receive a cash award of $500.

Builders association offers scholarships

The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association will award up to three $2,000 Shelby Johnson Memorial Scholarships to Kenai Peninsula students. Applicants must be juniors or seniors in the 2001-02 school year, attend an eligible community college, university or vocational school within Alaska and plan to pursue a building-related career. Applications and more information are available at or 283-8071.

Labor council to offer scholarship

The Kenai Peninsula Central Labor Council will again offer a $500 scholarship to a Kenai Peninsula graduating senior or home-school student. Candidates must be graduating this year, be a relative of a union family, attend an accredited school, have financial need and have the most improved grade history of those who apply. Application and instructions are available through school counselors.

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