2017 Western Washington Finalists

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Lisa  Parsons

Lisa Parsons

Lisa Parsons’ goal is to preserve the underappreciated wild lands in Seattle’s backyards. One of her first achievements was exploring a relatively unknown forest located between Maple Valley and Covington, and documenting the trails and creeks, deep woods, old trees and fields of ferns. She spearheaded a community effort that ultimately saved nearly 100 acres of forest, including a salmon-bearing stream. Cedar Creek Park has since become a treasure for the community. Parsons has been invited to venues across the state, giving presentations and sharing her stories. Her nonprofit of choice is Nature Cosortium.

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Mark Boyar

Mark Boyar

Mark Boyar is passionate about the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley. For the past 20 years, Boyar worked tirelessly to improve the Valley. His efforts have brought others volunteers forward to help develop an accessible, ecologically healthy, recreational area that the public can enjoy. In the early 90’s, Boyar and a group of other volunteers joined forces to build the arching bridge over the river at the Middle Fork Trailhead. He has displayed vision, volunteerism and tenacity as he facilitates support for the Middle Fork by working with public agencies, elected officials, nonprofits and local citizens. His nonprofit of choice is Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust.

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Jan  Robinson

Jan Robinson

Jan Robinson joined her local Land Trust 12 years ago and has evolved from a volunteer into a leader. Robison, currently responsible for monitoring lands, served as the trust’s secretary and eventually became president of the board of directors. She spent many hours working with students on a restoration project in Centralia called the Discovery Trail. In collaboration with the City of Centralia, this project provides a recreational space andrestoration of a riparian buffer zone along an eroding riverbank.. Her nonprofit of choice is Chehalis River Basin Land Trust.

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