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David Franczyk named Conservationist of the Year

Every year the 2000 members of the Niagara Frontier Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club gives this award to the person whom they believe has made the most important effort to conserve an element of our natural environment.

Some previous recipients include the following:

  • Citizen Jay Wopperer who blew the whistle on injection wells polluting aquifers in Clarence
  • Bill Kindle, Amherst Town Board, member for his work in the Great Baehre Swamp
  • Citizen, Liz Kaszubski, for her defense of wetlands in North Tonawanda
  • Neil Woodworth, the State-wide Club's current chairman for his lobbying the Governor's office to protect Allegany State Park from logging
ADK gives the award at its annual picnic at which members gather after a day in which the club runs a series of outings: canoeing, hiking bicycling. This years gathering was at Beaver Meadow,  Audubon's  Nature Preserve in Java NY,  5pm Saturday  June 11.

 Below is the citation awarded Mr. Franczyk:

 June 7, 2005

Adirondack Mountain Club
Niagara Frontier Chapter
Laurence T. Beahan MD
5 Darwin Drive
Snyder NY 14226

David Franczyk, President
Buffalo Common Council
1315 City Hall
Buffalo NY 14202

Regarding:  Conservationist of the Year award

Dave,                                                                                                             

It is my great pleasure to announce that the Niagara Frontier Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club has named you Conservationist of the Year.

We are doing this in recognition of your foresight in attempting to protect the City of Buffalo's forest and historic buildings at Perrysburg New York.

It is seldom that we have known an elected official who has taken such a courageous and important stand in the protection of the natural environment.

The diligence that you and your staff have exhibited in this effort working in the offices of Government,  working in consultation with environmental lawyers, in informal meetings, hiking the forest, surveying the buildings and participating personally from the grass roots to the governors office has been unstinting. 

We thank you and anticipate cooperating with you until the forested watershed of Perrysburg is protected and Coxhead's beautiful buildings there are back in service.

Larry Beahan
Conservation Committee
Niagara Frontier Chapter
Adirondack Mountain Club