WASHINGTON, DC – The Wilderness Society announced the 2010 recipient of the Gloria Barron Scholarship. The $10,000 annual scholarship was awarded to Rose Graves, a graduate student of University of Vermont. Tom Barron, a Wilderness Society Governing Council Member, created this scholarship in honor of his mother Gloria Barron who is a dedicated educator and tireless advocate for wilderness protection. Through this scholarship, Barron “hopes to encourage some of our nation's best conservationists at a crucial point in their careers. We want nothing less than to identify, support, and honor the future Aldo Leopolds in our midst — as well as future Rachel Carsons, Mardy Muries, John Muirs, Howard Zahnisers, Bob Marshalls, and Gaylord Nelsons.”
There were more than 80 applicants who submitted research proposals that deal with wild land conservation in the United States. Ms. Grave’s proposal focused on re-connecting wilderness areas in the northeastern U.S. to better enable wildlife movement and survival in the face of threats from development and climate change. Her project combines ecological and GIS analysis with a plan for partnerships with communities to help the needed re-connections happen.
Visit The Wilderness Society website for more Gloria Barron Scholarship information and guidelines.