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St. Petersburg Resident Receives National Sierra Club Award

SAN FRANCISCO – Sept. 24, 1999 – St. Petersburg resident Laurie Macdonald was among those receiving national awards from the Sierra Club this year.

Macdonald received a Special Service Award from the organization for her 20 years of conservation work at the local, state and national levels. Her work has led to the defeat of a highway widening through critical black bear habitat in the Ocala National Forest and construction of highway underpasses for wildlife.

She also led efforts to create Florida’s "Conserve Wildlife" license plate and to re-authorize Florida’s renown land acquisition program, Preservation 2000.

"Laurie’s life is dedicated to conservation," said Mary-Slater Linn of the Florida Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Macdonald has served as Chair and Conservation Chair of the Florida Chapter of the Sierra Club. She also has chaired several national committees for the Sierra Club, including the National Wildlife Committee, the Endangered Species and Habitat Committee and the Wild Planet Strategy Team. She also has served on the National Nominating Committee and as advisor to the Sierra Club Foundation on reviewing grants for wildlife.

In addition to her work with the Sierra Club, Macdonald serves on the Board of Directors of the Environmental and Land Use Law Center and as a member of the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission Working Group on Endangered and Threatened Species Listing. She is a former Treasurer and President of the Florida League of Conservation Voters.

A wildlife zoologist by training, Macdonald currently works part-time for the Defenders of Wildlife as a Senior Field Coordinator.

Macdonald has received several previous awards for her work, including the State Conservation Award and the Administrative Award from the Florida Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the chapter’s highest honor, the Chapter Medal. In 1999 she received a commendation from the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission.

The Sierra Club, which was founded in 1892 by John Muir, is the country’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization. It currently has nearly 600,000 members.

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