• Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy to recognize leaders in conservation excellence

    706 S. Euclid Street
    Bay City, MI 48708
    (989) 891-9986
    News Release
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 11, 2020
    Contact: Ted Lind, Director of Community Conservation
    The 8 th Annual Ospreys: Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy to recognize
    leaders in conservation excellence!
    The Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy (SBLC) invites the public to attend the 8th Annual
    Osprey Awards for Conservation Excellence! The Osprey Awards is the SBLC’s annual
    fundraiser and is designed to recognize key people, organizations, or businesses in the
    community who have taken exemplary steps for conservation. For seven years running, the
    event has sold out and has had a warm reception from the public. The event will be held at
    Curtiss Hall on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University on the evening of Thursday,
    February 20th. Doors will open at 6:00pm with the program to begin at 6:30pm.
    The Program
    Guests will enjoy music, dinner, a raffle contest, and a special film highlighting work completed
    by the SBLC in 2019. A brief message from Mr. Dennis Dobbs of Consumers Energy and Ms.
    Janell O’Keefe, Michigan Program Manager for the Center for Community Progress, will
    highlight the idea of going above and beyond in our community to make it a better place. The
    SBLC will also recognize a variety of groups and individuals who have played an important role
    in the 2019 projects, and who uphold the SBLC’s own mission: “ Take action at the intersection
    of people and nature, elevate landscapes for the benefit of all, provide leadership in
    conservation. ” This year’s winners and speakers will specifically highlight the elevating
    landscapes aspect of our mission. Awardees for this year include The City of Bay City's Parks
    and Sanitation Department under the direction of Tim Botzau, Saginaw Valley State University's
    Center for Community Engagement under the direction of Riley Hupfer, and the Shark Family of
    The Award Recipients: The City of Bay City’s Parks and Sanitation Department under the
    direction of Tim Botzau
    Over the past year, we have spent a good deal of time looking at the recycling, waste
    management, and yard waste programs around the region, and we are always impressed with
    the vigor and "extra mile" approach shown by the City of Bay City. We are specifically honoring
    the department due to the City's efforts for Earth Day, Christmas Light recycling, annual
    recycling events, and community cleanups. The City of Bay City continues to be an active
    partner in conservation in our region, and we look to others to follow that example. As a result of
    these efforts, we are happy to honor them.
    The Award Recipients: The SVSU Center for Community Engagement under the direction
    of Riley Hupfer
    This past season we saw a growing partnership with SVSU and welcomed more SVSU students
    to volunteer with us than ever before. We hired one SVSU GIS Intern and had another SVSU
    student work with us all summer on our seasonal stewardship crew. We were fortunate to
    partner with Riley Hupfer's team for the Freshman Service Orientation and hosted two of the
    Alternative Breaks groups for service and education opportunities. Additionally, numerous
    students volunteered with us on their own accord on various community cleanup events. We
    hope that this past season was just the start of a growing partnership, and we felt that the
    Center for Community Engagement was vital in helping provide and promote valuable
    conservation, education, and service opportunities for SVSU students.
    The Award Recipients: The Shark Family
    We are very excited to offer an award to the Shark Family for their volunteerism and leadership
    in helping the Pinconning Nature Playground become a reality. It was wonderful meeting your
    children and seeing them play at the new playground for the first time. The Shark family
    generously provided the beautiful oak, maple, and ash logs that we incorporated into the
    project, along with in-kind support of equipment and tools to help prep the site. Our board and
    staff were inspired by the time and effort your whole family took in working with us on that
    project, and we're excited to have you as a friend to the SBLC.
    Volunteer opportunities with the SBLC will be fully posted in the spring, but some are available
    already by visiting our website or following on social media.
    Supporters of the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy
    The Osprey Awards are supported by the philanthropy of the Morley Family Foundation, the
    presenting sponsor of the event. Further sponsorship support is being provided by ITC
    Holdings, Inc.; the Michigan Sugar Company; Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe; Consumers
    Energy; Saginaw Valley State University, Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn; Chippewa Nature Center;
    and Covenant HealthCare. Additional support and raffle gifts have been provided by Chippewa
    Nature Center, Little Forks Outfitters, Dow, Star of the West, ITC, Kathy Booth, Ieuter Insurance,
    Great Lakes Shark Sock Company, Timothy’s Fine Tobacco, Sandhill Coffee, the Saginaw
    Children’s Zoo, Stardust Family Fun Center, and the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy Board
    of Directors.
    The Osprey Awards has been a successful community outreach and fundraising event for the
    SBLC for six years and has attracted a growing audience. Attractive raffle prizes include a tent,
    framed photography, tickets to various events, and other exciting outdoor-themed items. The
    SBLC hopes to raise more than $20,000 for its conservation work. For more information about
    the event, or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.sblc-mi.org/2020-osprey-awards.html .
    Tickets are $50 each. Tables of 8 can be purchased at a discounted rate of $350. Patron
    Sponsorships are also available to individuals for $150 which includes two tickets and special
    recognition in the event program.
    About the Conservancy
    The Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy helps maintain the quality of life in the Saginaw Bay
    Watershed through the preservation of important wetlands, waterways, and land of all types.
    The Conservancy is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization working in the Saginaw Basin
    and a recognized 1% for the Planet charitable partner. To date, the Conservancy has
    permanently preserved more than 6,000 acres in the watershed. The Saginaw Bay Watershed
    is the largest watershed in the state of Michigan filtering 15% of Michigan’s inland waters. It
    contributes cleaner water to the Huron Bay, the Great Lakes, and is the largest contiguous
    freshwater coastal wetlands system in the United States. Featuring more than 175 inland lakes
    and nearly 7,000 square miles of rivers and streams, this unique watershed is home to a variety
    of waterfowl, birds, snakes, turtles, amphibians, and more than 138 endangered or threatened
    Anyone with questions should contact the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy at (989) 891-9986.
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