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Paradise Resident Receives National Sierra Club Award

SAN FRANCISCO - Sept. 15, 2001 - Paradise resident Joe Dudek was among those receiving national awards from the Sierra Club this year.

Dudek received the Oliver Kehrlein Award, which honors service to the Sierra Club's outings program. Dudek has been leading outings for the Sierra Club since 1966 and recently led his last outing at the age of 85. During the past 35 years he has annually led six to 10 hikes and has trained, inspired and guided at least 50 new outings leaders for the Great Lakes Chapter and the Mother Lode Chapter of the Sierra Club. He also has been instrumental in expanding and preserving several local trails in his hometown of Paradise, Calif.

Dudek has previously received the Annual Chapter Award from the Mother Lode Chapter of the Sierra Club and was named the Butte Environmental Council Environmental Hero for 2000-2001.

The Sierra Club, which was founded in 1892 by John Muir, is the country's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization. It currently has more than 700,000 members. For more information on the Mother Lode Chapter of the Sierra Club, visit their web site at

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