Nomination Application: The Jakob Franke Award for Conservation

Award Description

Honors volunteers who have advocated for and dedicated significant time and effort to open-space and land preservation and trail protection in the face of encroaching development. They embody our value that conservation is a shared duty and that we must preserve the integrity of our natural world.

Jakob Franke was chair of the Conservation Committee and worked tirelessly to preserve and protect land for the future, including helping to protect the Palisades from the proposed outsized construction of LG headquarters. He was a plaintiff in the lawsuit, a speaker at meetings, and went door-to-door to educate the public.

Guidelines for Nominees

  • Made significant contributions and efforts that embody the corresponding Trail Conference value: “Environmental conservation is a shared duty. We must preserve the integrity of our natural world—not only to sustain our trail systems, but to ensure future generations can enjoy the outdoor experiences a healthy planet has to offer.”
  • Examples of applicable efforts are someone who played a significant role in a land acquisition project, trail easement project, or project advocating for land/trail protection in the face of development.
  • Volunteered with the Trail Conference for at least a few years
  • Has been actively involved within the last three years
  • May nominate multiple people together if they were all instrumental parts of the accomplishment you are nominating them for
  • Note: Those who have previously been given this award and board members are not eligible




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