Wildlands Conservancy is seeking nominations for its Friend of the Lehigh River Awards. The awards, given annually by the organization, are in acknowledgment of individuals, groups, organizations, businesses, institutions, or government entities that deserve recognition for their commitment to preserving, protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Lehigh River and its watershed. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 20.

Nominations can be submitted by a one-page summary of the nominee's accomplishments and justification for receiving the award. Contact information of the nominee and the group or individual making the nomination should be included. Send information, postmarked no later than Friday, May 20, 2011, to Friend of the Lehigh River Award Nomination Committee, c/o Wildlands Conservancy, 3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus, PA 18049 or e-mail nominations to emckinney@wildlandspa.org [1].

This year's award winners will be announced during Wildlands Conservancy's Lehigh River Sojourn Closing Ceremony held at the Allentown Brew Works (Monday, June 27, 2011).

Last year's Friend of the Lehigh River Award winners were: Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation; Jan Creedon from County of Lehigh; the late John Schneller; and Diane Kripas from Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth McKinney, associate director of development, at 610-965-4397, ext. 126 or email emckinney@wildlandspa.org [1].

Wildlands Conservancy's mission is to protect and restore critical natural areas and waterways, and educate the community to create a legacy of a healthy, sustainable environment for future generations. Founded in 1973, the Conservancy has protected more than 48,000 acres of eastern Pennsylvania's farmland and wild lands, created more than 90 miles of terrestrial aquatic trails, and has educated more than 500,000 individuals on responsible environmental stewardship and management.

Wildlands Conservancy is a non-profit organization with 17 full-time staff members working out of its offices at the 77.5-acre Pool Wildlife Sanctuary in Emmaus. For more information on the organization and its programs visit www.wildlandspa.org [2].