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Upper Valley Land Trust Honors Volunteers for Conservation Work

Hanover — The Upper Valley Land Trust recently honored two local residents and a man from Jaffrey, N.H., for their conservation work.

Karen Douville, a longtime member of the Hartford Conservation Commission and co-founder of Linking Lands Alliance, received the Patchen Miller Award.

“The goal of the Linking Lands Alliance is to reduce the political hurdles and boundaries for protecting wildlife habitat through grassroots outreach and education,” Jeanie McIntyre, the land trust’s president, said in a news release last week. “Karen has been the critical person keeping the Alliance going for more than a decade. Her inquiring spirit, enjoyment in learning and pleasure in sharing with others have been a key to the successful approach.”

The award was established in honor of Hanover native Patchen Miller, who died at age 26.

“Patchen was a student who was more at home outdoors than in a classroom,” McIntyre said. “His power of observation and his joy in the natural world was infectious.”

Brian Walsh, a civic leader, artist and former chairman of the Hanover Selectboard, received the Ashley Advocate Award honoring the late Jim Ashley, a land trust trustee and conservation easement donor.

“Brian is deeply committed to increasing (the Upper Valley Land Trust’s) capacity to act swiftly and strongly in the pursuit of the best land conservation,” said Bob Wetzel, chairman of the land trust’s board of trustees.

Robert Kadlec, of Jaffrey, N.H., received the Volunteer Award for his work maintaining Upper Valley Land Trust campsites for paddlers on the Connecticut River. — Staff report