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Dr. Howard A. Corwin Honored with National Conservation Service Award

October 21, 2009 | Washington, D.C.
Dr. Howard A. Corwin Honored with National Conservation Service Award

Dr. Howard A. Corwin, founder and former president of the Greater Lovell Land Trust (ME) receives the National Conservation Service Award from Rand Wentworth, president of the Land Trust Alliance, at Rally in Portland, Oct. 2009.

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Dr. Howard A. Corwin Honored with National Conservation Service Award

Washington, DC – Every year, one land conservation leader is selected to receive the Land Trust Alliance’s prestigious National Conservation Service Award for making a significant contribution to the advancement of land conservation.  Dr. Howard A. Corwin, a founder in 1985 of the Greater Lovell Land Trust in Maine, and its president until 2008, was presented with the award this year at Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference in Portland, OR on October 12, 2009.

Rand Wentworth, Land Trust Alliance President, said that Dr. Corwin “is one of Maine’s well respected ‘elder-statesman’ of conservation. Through his unfaltering dedication, he has helped facilitate an extraordinary record of success for the communities of Maine by working collaboratively to preserve cherished hiking trails, miles and miles of waterfronts, viewsheds, wetlands, forestlands, and farmlands.” He added, “We congratulate Dr. Corwin on his tremendous service to the conservation efforts underway in this country.”

When presented with the award, Dr. Corwin said, “This came as a big surprise. I can only accept this award on behalf of each and every volunteer here and throughout the land trust movement. I consider them most special. They bring their idealism, devotion, inspiration, vision, and oftentimes their sheer courage to their work.”

Dr. Corwin’s career in conservation began in the 1970’s in Maine when he worked with and became president of the Kezar Lake Association in Lovell, Maine. He quickly realized that protecting the lake also required protection of the surrounding lands. Therefore, in 1985 he worked with an outstanding group of conservationists and they incorporated the Greater Lovell Land Trust (GLLT) – the first land trust in Western Maine.  The GLLT has been instrumental in protecting the Kezar Lake, Kezar River and Upper Saco Valley watersheds.  It has reached out to develop regional conservation organizations, spearheaded innovative legislation to gain permanent funding for Maine’s Invasive Aquatic Plants legislation, and supported  the Vision for Maine.

To date, Dr. Corwin has increasingly been focused on the protection of ground water (aquifers) in Maine. He believes that “Maine, through enlightened management of its endowment with ground and surface water as well as its forested and agricultural natural resources, could turn from a poor to a rich state.  It could thereby enhance its conservation funding and assure its ecological future.”  In short, he believes that with appropriate leadership Maine could become the “Signature State for Eco-Preservation in the Northeast,”  and he has advocated that land trusts play a role in these developments.

“Howard has certainly had an impact on land conservation in Maine and I have benefited from his thinking, passion, and perspective,” said Megan Shore, Maine Land Trust Program Manager, Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

 

About Dr. Corwin

Born and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Corwin credits scouting for his love of the outdoors and was the youngest and third Eagle Scout in his family. He is a graduate of Harvard, summa cum laude, and Harvard Medical School, cum laude.  Dr. Corwin was trained in internal medicine, adult, adolescent and child psychiatry in the Harvard Medical system as well as in psychoanalysis in Boston.  He also served on active duty as Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve during the Vietnam War.  Thereafter he was on the faculty for many years at Harvard and consulted for the Veterans Administration, the blind and disadvantaged children.  His career was centered on teaching, research and clinical practice at the graduate medical level. Ultimately, he was Clinical Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and Training Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Corwin retired from his medical career in 1997.

 

About Greater Lovell Land Trust

The Greater Lovell Land Trust (GLLT) is a non-profit land conservation organization established in 1985 to: "Protect the ecosystems of the Kezar Lake and adjacent watersheds by promoting an appreciation of natural resources and responsible preservation, conservation, stewardship, development and public policy." Their mission seeks to permanently protect all the lands and waters that define our communities and enrich our quality of life.

The GLLT works to maintain a balance of land protection and reasonable development of the Kezar Lake and adjacent watersheds. GLLT seeks partnerships with the communities they serve to ensure our most valued natural areas remain healthy and viable. They work directly with individuals and families interested in taking conservation action on their properties.

To date GLLT has protected a total of 3,057 acres, and owns 1,883 acres with developed public access on several properties. To learn more, visit www.gllt.org.

 

About The Land Trust Alliance

The Land Trust Alliance is a national conservation group that works to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation throughout America. It works to increase the pace and quality of conservation by advocating favorable tax policies, training land trusts in best practices, and working to ensure the permanence of conservation in the face of continuing threats. For more information, visit www.landtrustalliance.org.

 

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Photo Credit: L-R Dr. Howard Corwin and Rand Wentworth, president of the Land Trust Alliance. Photo courtesy of Francesca Dalleo.

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