The Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership is accepting nominations for the second annual Mira Lloyd Dock Partnership Diversity Award, given for conservation work in under-represented communities in Pennsylvania.
The partnership, coordinated by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, will present the award during the Pennsylvania Forestry Association’s Annual Symposium on Saturday, Oct 9, at Toftrees resort in State College.
For a nomination form, visit www.tenmilliontrees.org/DockAward. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 10. The winner will receive $5,000 worth of trees and supplies to be used for a future project.
Nominations are open to anyone in Pennsylvania who has done tree planting, rain garden installation or planting, regenerative agriculture or urban farming/permaculture, or community beautification in a diverse, inequitable, and under-represented community.
The award was created to honor the spirit of Mira Lloyd Dock, who pursued urban beautification and forest conservation at a time when women or people of color were not welcomed at the decision table.
“Last year’s winners, Rafiyqa Muhammad and Kristen Thomas, embody that spirit in their work in their respective cities of Harrisburg and Lancaster through community outreach, engaging with under-represented communities, and bringing resources to residents who otherwise may not have access to nature,” partnership Manager Brenda Sieglitz said.
Mira Lloyd Dock is recognized as the first Pennsylvania woman to lead the way in forest conservation. She was an advocate for Penn’s Woods and in 1901 was appointed to the State Forest Reservation Commission by Pennsylvania Governor William Stone.
The learn more about the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership, visit TenMillionTrees.org.
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