2016 Western Washington Finalists

Voting has concluded. The winner will be announced in September.

Bill Hagen

Bill Hagen

Nestled in the trees of Seattle's Carkeek Park, you'll find a small salmon imprint pond next to a creek. And next to that imprint pond, you'll usually find Bill Hagen. Over the past decade, his improvements and overall impact on the imprint pond are immeasurable. Each year, the imprint pond is stocked with chum salmon from the Suquamish Tribe's Grovers Creek Hatchery then fed three times a day for three months by Bill and a team of volunteers, including 21 area elementary schools. Nonprofit of choice: Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project

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Helen Hoenig

Helen Hoenig

If you're traveling through the town of Duvall, there's a good chance you'll see Helen Hoenig along the side of the road. Helen started picking up trash while walking from her house to the health club. It evolved into a passion for picking up trash. Helen's yellow trash bags and neon safety vest are easy to spot and her resolve to keep Washington green has made her a colorful local celebrity after being named Grand Marshall of the Duvall Days parade. Armed with her yellow bag and her grabber, she continues to pick up trash and pick up people's spirits. Nonprofit of choice: Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

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Kortney  Okura

Kortney Okura

On a summer day at Lake Samammish State Park, you'll usually find Kortney Okura checking on the trees others may not have even noticed. Kortney and her partner Maureen’s work at the state park is just one of many projects and many places they've worked with Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. They've been planting trees for more than a decade, and while Kortney is one of approximately 5000 people helping out each year, she stands out for all the right reasons. Nonprofit of choice: Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

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