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Nancy Hamill Winter Honored with National Conservation Service Award

October 7, 2013 | Land Trust Alliance | Washington, D.C.
Nancy Hamill Winter Honored with National Conservation Service Award

Nancy and Rand Wentworth


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Volunteer Leadership Advances Conservation


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- 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. Nancy Hamill Winter, a tireless, collaborative volunteer with four decades of service in the land conservation community, was presented with the award this year at Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, on September 17, 2013.  

When Nancy accepted the award, she said, “I am extremely humbled to receive this award, and I only do so in honor of all of the volunteer leaders in the conservation movement. Together we volunteer leaders are a fearsome force; we stick together and I’m just proud to be recognized as one of you.”

The candidates for this award are known for their leadership in the conservation community, service that inspires the work of others, mentorship of fellow land trust practitioners and the demonstration of humility in all their activities to promote conservation. Nancy's commitment to volunteerism and board leadership are hallmarks of her 40 years in land conservation, prairie restoration and collaborative partnerships.

Her dedication to volunteer service and sound nonprofit governance was inspired by her family and her lifelong passions for horseback riding, nature and outdoor recreation. An accomplished equestrian and certified naturalist, Nancy’s volunteer contributions have significantly advanced natural area preservation and restoration in Illinois. Nancy currently resides in Stockton, IL, and she served on the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (IL) board for 18 years, helping JDCF become the second accredited land trust in the state.

About working with JDCF, she said: “In the absence of a public entity in the Jo Daviess County committed to preserving its significant natural, cultural and agricultural resources, in 1994 a group of volunteers created the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation to fill the void.  Through persistence, partnerships and public support over the past two decades, JDCF [a nonprofit 501(c)(3)] has made great progress in this direction.  Indeed, I have been strongly focused on its success, and am proud of the conservation work it has done.”

Nancy has also provided years of leadership to the Equine Land Conservation Resource and as the past president of the Illinois Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, where she has served for 25 years, helping to lead efforts to conserve rare native grasslands and restore the Illinois River's floodplain ecosystem. More recently, Nancy has been closely involved in the establishment of the Prairie State Conservation Coalition – the new state land trust association in Illinois, serving on its board for six years. And Nancy has also served on the boards of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, The Morton Arboretum, and the Sierra Club – Chicago Chapter.

When presenting the award, Michael Dowling, Land Trust Alliance chairman of the board, said, "To meet Nancy is to know right away that protection of our natural resources is not just something that she advocates but something that she lives. There is no doubt that this woman stands out as one of our most accomplished conservation volunteers and leaders – she has given much to all of us and continues to do so with a great and generous heart."

About The Land Trust Alliance

The Alliance is a national conservation organization that works in three ways to save the places people love.  First, we increase the pace of conservation, so more land and natural resources get protected.  Second, we enhance the quality of conservation, so the most important lands get protected using the best practices in the business. And third, we ensure the permanence of conservation by creating the laws and resources needed to defend protected land over time. The Land Trust Alliance is based in Washington, D.C., and has several regional offices.


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