Congratulations to Alex Whiting and the Teeland Middle School River Rangers Program, our 2011 Alaska Forum Award Winners!
The Environmental Excellence Award recognizes an individual who has made a long-term commitment to public education or environmental and natural resources sciences.
During the last 14 years in the Native Village of Kotzebue, Alex Whiting has been the ideal example of a community Environmental Coordinator, for initiating and conducting unique and innovative scientific research and establishing creative partnerships among Alaska Tribal organizations, academics, and government. His achievements have been a combination of the scientific, educational, and cooperative.
The Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes a project, program, group, publication, or similar concrete accomplishment that occurred during the three years prior to nomination for the award. An individual is not eligible to receive this award.
The Teeland Middle School River Rangers Program has made significant and lasting, positive impacts upon the local community and its environment. The program introduces 7th grade students to scientific testing, data collection, assessment, and planning in developing a restoration project to address riparian habitat degradation in the Mat-Su region. Each year, the students have worked with agency personnel to repair damage along Cottonwood Creek and the Little Suisitna River. To date, over 1000 7th grade students have participated in this hands on stewardship program.