Each year, the Conservation Board of the Town of Ithaca, NY, plants a tree on Town parkland honoring an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to environmental conservation within the town. The award is named in honor of the late Richard B. Fischer, professor of environmental education at Cornell University for many years, and an active leader for conservation at the town, county, and state level during his life.
From left to right, David Kiefer (Cornell Plantations Natural Areas Academy volunteer), Jules Ginenthal (in charge of volunteer stewardship for the Cornell Plantations Natural Areas), Todd Bittner (holding award certificate; director of the Cornell Plantations Natural Areas Program), Mike Roberts (C.P. Natural Areas Steward), Tom Reimers (former recipient of the Fischer Award), James Hamilton (Town of Ithaca Conservation Board), and Diane Florini (phytopathologist and volunteer)
This year’s recipient is the Cornell Plantations Natural Areas Program. This 12-minute video shows the award ceremony and tree planting at the East Hill Recreationway near the MacDaniels Nut Grove, a Plantations preserve, on May 11.