This post was written by Julia Runcie, 2011 Project Specialist.
This year, the Andrea Lawrence Award for passionate engagement in community and the land will be presented to the Eastern Sierra Audubon Society in recognition of its critical efforts to support the Owens Lakebed Master Plan.
Eastern Sierra Audubon has worked with great dedication to initiate the Owens Lakebed Master Plan process, which seeks to generate a collaborative vision for the future of the Owens Lakebed. The Master Plan is the work of many stakeholders joining forces to craft an integrated approach to lakebed habitat restoration, dust control, ranching, mineral extraction, protection of the public trust, and renewable energy development. Although the final document is still pending, this award honors Eastern Sierra Audubon’s foresight in helping to create the cooperative planning group that is so active today. Andrea Lawrence valued both long range vision and the type of commitment Eastern Sierra Audubon has shown to finding the pathways that create real and lasting environmental protection.
We will celebrate Eastern Sierra Audubon and the inspiring legacy of Andrea Mead Lawrence at the Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner on Friday, April 29 in the Parallax Restaurant at McCoy Station, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. Tickets can be reserved with a $50 tax-deductible donation. For more information and to make reservations, please call the Mono Lake Committee at (760) 647-6595, or email Julia.