Delaware Audubon's annual Conservation Award was given to Grace Pierce-Beck at the Delaware Audubon Annual Dinner on May 12, 1997.
In addition, Grace is the subject of an article in the current (May-June 1997) issue of Audubon magazine.
Grace has spent the last twenty-three years working to see that our environment is protected and respected. The impact of her dedication to the defense of our natural world is extraordinary. She started her career in Washington, DC, as an issues specialist and lobbyist for The Wilderness Society in the mid-seventies.
After working on John Anderson's 1980 presidential campaign as National Environmental Director, Grace returned to Delaware and became active in the Delaware Audubon Society. Grace has served on the Board of the Delaware Audubon Society as well as serving as president, vice president, program chair, conservation chair and currently as its environmental advocacy chair.
She has served or is currently serving on a number of committees concerned with environmental issues – including the Governor's Wastewater Facilities Advisory Council, Delaware Inland Bays Center, Delaware Sea Grant College Advisory Council, the St. Jones Greenway Commission, Silver Lake Watershed Committee, Non-point Source Advisory and Review Committee, Freshwater Wetlands Task Force, Coastal Zone Act Regulations Task Force, and Vice-Chair of the Inland Bays Citizens Advisory Committee.
Grace was awarded National Audubon Society's 1996 Charles H. Callison Award and has been listed in Who's Who of American Women from 1975 through 1982. [Charles H. Callison, once known as "Mr. Audubon," was the Executive Vice-President of the National Audubon Society from 1966-1977. The Charles H. Callison award was created in 1994 to recognize outstanding National Audubon Society staff and chapter volunteers. Selection of award recipients is made by the National Audubon Board of Directors.]
In her many years as Delaware Audubon's environmental advocacy chair, Grace has attended legislative sessions to track pending legislation and represents the environmental concerns regarding legislation and regulations. She's beem a watchdog on conservation in Delaware.
Grace views her work as an investment in the future. Coastal issues – the clean air, water and lands that are vital to our survival – are of primary importance to her. Attempts to "repeal environmental laws and the progress that we've made over the past 25 years is the biggest challenge for environmental groups right now," she says. "We must also educate the public on what technology is doing to and for our environment."
It is our privilege to present the DAS Conservation Award to Grace for her lifetime of service for the betterment of the environment and for her continued dedication on behalf of all Delawareans.
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