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August 17, 2020

2020 Land Conservation Award Winners Announced!

Ceremony postponed to April 2021

Boulder County, Colo. - The Boulder County Commissioners and Parks & Open Space staff are thrilled to announce the 2020 Land Conservation Award winners. Each spring during Volunteer Week, Boulder County honors individuals or groups with its Land Conservation Awards for outstanding contributions made to the conservation, preservation, and protection of land-based environmental resources.

Due to the corona virus pandemic, the spring awards ceremony was postponed, then canceled. The 2020 winners will be honored along with the 2021 winners in person on April 20, 2021, at an awards ceremony in Longmont.

"It is always such an honor to bestow these awards on individuals who display the best in volunteerism and generosity in their dedication to agriculture, land conservation, and the public enjoyment of natural spaces,” said Boulder County Board of County Commissioners Chair Deb Gardner. “Through their hard work and teaching of others, their broad subject knowledge and expertise, and in some cases, their critical donations of land, these awardees are helping to preserve existing farmland and wildlife habitats, create new natural landscapes, improve the overall ecological functions and diversity of land in Boulder County, and add to the public education and appreciation of land conservation for generations to come.”

The commissioners will present the following awards:

  • Land Conservation Award to Paul Lev-Ary for the donation of land to expand the Anne U. White trailhead.
  • Environmental Stewardship Award to Diane and Lowell Dodge for implementing an ecological enhancement plan on their 40-acre property.
  • Volunteer Awards will be presented to Rob Alexander for outstanding contribution as a member of the Extension Advisory Board, a volunteer for 4-H, and contributor to numerous Extension workshops and events; and Gedeon LaFarge for outstanding contribution as member of the Volunteer Ranger Corps and service as an Outdoor Challenge teen mentor.

For more information about the awards and each winner, please visit