The Fox Valley Sierra Group presented the Jan Moldenhauer Environmental Award to Preserve Waupaca County Thursday, Oct. 10, in Appleton.
The Sierra Club group serves northeastern Wisconsin. Each year it gives an award to honor an area person or organization for their efforts to protect protect the environment.
“During the past year, Preserve Waupaca County has demonstrated an incredible amount of dedication and courage in their exhaustive effort to stop industrial sand mines from coming into Waupaca County,” said Alan Lawrence, chairman of the Fox Valley Sierra Group.
“They formed and led a coalition that researched the impact of sand mining. They knocked on doors, wrote letters, signed petitions, met with lawmakers, provided people with signs, spoke eloquently at meetings, and educated neighbors in order to stop a town of Union sand mine or at least make sure that appropriate restrictions were in place,” Lawrence said regarding the volunteers involved with Preserve Waupaca County.
The award is named in honor of Jan Moldenhauer, a Sierra Club leader devoted to the environment. Moldenhauer, who died in July, was involved with Preserve Waupaca County.