SVT Honors Area Conservationists

SVT 2019 Award Recipients. Photo by Dany Pelletier.
SVT 2019 Award Recipients. Photo by Dany Pelletier.

At SVT’s 2019 Annual Meeting on September 19, we paid tribute to several outstanding conservationists.

(Left to Right in Photo) Karl Kelber of Framingham and his daughter Jodi Kelber-Kaye accepted the Morgan Volunteer Award posthumously for Karl’s wife, Marilyn “Maggie” Kelber, who was a dedicated and valued office volunteer for many years. William “Buzz” Constable received the Lewis Conservation Award for his widespread efforts on behalf of land and water conservation throughout Massachusetts.

Marilyn Kucharski of Wayland was named an SVT Life Member for her extraordinary contributions to SVT’s work. Priscilla Ryder, Conservation Agent for the City of Marlborough, received the Distinguished Public Service Award for her commitment to land and river conservation in the region and for her many collaborations with SVT and OARS on stewardship projects.

Chris Menge of Sudbury was named Steward of the Year for his numerous, hands-on contributions to the management of SVT’s properties in the past year. Will Hardwick of Sudbury received a Youth Steward Award for designing and building a bridge at Upper Mill Brook in Wayland. And Mark Smith of Framingham accepted his son Michael Smith’s Youth Steward Award for creating a new trail at Wayside Forest in Framingham.

Also during the meeting, SVT members elected Greg D. Peterson of Carlisle to the Board of Directors, and Executive Director Lisa Vernegaard presented a recap of SVT’s work in Fiscal 2019. To conclude the evening, Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer of Framingham gave the keynote address.