During the event, attendees participated in a day-long symposium dedicated to the sharing of best practices and new ideas to conserve our native landscape.
One of the highlights of this event is the presentation of the Land Ethics Award, which honors the creative use of native plants in the landscape, sustainable and regenerative design, and ethical land management and construction practices. “The Preserve received an overwhelming number of submissions in 2018,” says Preserve Education Coordinator Kelly Joslin, who organized the symposium and the award process.
After much consideration, the judges selected the Wilma Quinn Nature Preserve Committee of New Britain Borough as the 2018 Land Ethics Award recipient.
Starting with a considerably degraded site, the directors, designers, and volunteers created a nature preserve that exemplifies what the Land Ethics Award seeks to celebrate.
Located along the Neshaminy Creek in New Britain Township, the preserve demonstrates the creative use of native plantings to create a sustainable habitat for wildlife and a place for the public to learn about and enjoy nature.
The combination of the use of native plants, volunteer involvement, educational component and well documented public and ecological impacts earned this project the top honor.
Two Awards of Merit were presented, as well.
GreenVest, LLC, and Princeton Hydro, LLC, earned recognition for their Mullica River Wetland Mitigation Site project in Evesham Township, NJ.
Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust earned an honor for their Native Rain Garden Project in Huntingdon Valley.
“This award is designed to encourage professionals and homeowners to use native plants, exhibit a strong land ethic, and promote sustainable designs that protect the environment,” says Preserve Executive Director Miles Arnott. “The organizations recognized this year certainly did.”
PHOTO CAP: The Wilma Quinlan Nature Preserve Committee of New Britain Borough received the 2018 Land Ethics Award, presented by Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve. Committee members in the photo, from left, are Halsey White, Mimi Volker, Tom Price, Marge Eberz, and Dave Horne. Miles Arnott, Bowman’s Preserve Executive Director, is on the far right.