Ozaukee Washington Land Trust

Announcing Our 2014 Award Winners


OWLT is pleased to announce our annual Preservation Award winners. As always we will honor the award winners in person at our Annual Fly In Dinner Celebration on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 3:00 – 10:00 p.m.  The event, featuring locally-sourced food, will be held at the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve 4970 Country Club Beach in Port Washington, WI.

And the winners are....

The Timothy Kaul Leadership Award for a public servant or community leader who has shown outstanding leadership in conservation.

Port Washington Mayor, Tom Mlada. Tom has a passion for and commitment to the environment.  Once in office Tom established the City of Port Washington Environmental Planning Committee.  In its first couple years the committee has been successful in securing grants to fund a sustainability intern and has been named a Bird City.  The committee is currently working to develop public information signage at prairie restoration on Coal Dock Park and rain garden information near Skateboard Park.  This summer the committee developed plans to promote a home composting program and a green business initiative. 

The Arthur E. Schait Award for outstanding volunteerism. 

Bob Holzrichter. Bob is a jack of all trades for OWLT and he is quite deserving of the award.  Bob helps in a variety of capacities from preparing grant reports and assisting with accounting to joining the land restoration team on controlled burns. He builds birdhouses for use on OWLT preserves and donates them for auctions. He is also an easement monitor and tractor operator. Bob accepts no money and no accolades – he just enjoys what he’s doing and the Land Trust loves him for it.

The Patricia Wilmeth Stewardship Award for work on behalf of OWLT and the environment.  

John Lhost. John was one of the founding members of the Ozaukee Land Trust and served nine years on the board.  He crafted the organization’s articles of incorporation and by-laws and assisted with the transition to the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust.  He was instrumental in shaping the organizations land preservation practices and continues to be active on OWLT’s Land Conservation Committee. 

John’s land trust work does not stop at the borders of Ozaukee and Washington Counties.  John serves on The Nature Conservancy of Wisconsin Board of Trustee and chairs their Conservation Committee. He was a former director of Gathering Waters Conservancy and is still an active commissioner on the City of Mequon Open Space Preservation Commission. 

The Michael Frome Outreach Award for demonstrating excellence in educating or sharing information related to land preservation and the environment.   

The production team responsible for  the “Built on Water” lecture series.  The team includes Milwaukee historian John Gurda, UW-Extension Natural Resources Educator, Gail Epping Overholt, and DNR Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern Coordinator, Megan O’Shea.   

Lake Michigan and the rivers that feed it have been Milwaukee’s dominant natural resources since the days of the Potawatomi. “Built on Water” was an illustrated look at the lake, its adjacent waterways and its service to the community as transportation routes, industrial corridors, and centers of recreation.  The program dealt with the cycle of heavy use and flagrant abuse of our water system and how it has emerged as focal points of both concern and celebration in the twenty-first century. The series was sponsored by the Wisconsin DNR and organized by UW Extension.  John Gurda presented the program at eleven different locations in the fall of 2013.    

OWLT extends a special thanks to the sponsors of this event including:  Mark & Cheryl Brickman, Dan Dineen & Linda Vanden Heuvel, Chris & Jude Ford, Suzanne Hodges – Flowersmith, Mary & James LaVelle, John & Cynthia Lhost,  David & Genie Meissner, Don Hauser – R & R Insurance, Jean & William Schanen – Ozuakee Press, Steve Tews, John & Kine Torinus and Chris Wenzel – Alexssa.  The companies and individuals who have stepped forward with sponsorships help contribute to the success of this year’s event and OWLT preservation programs.