2012 NMEAC Environmentalist of the Year Honors

Student: Donnie Fedrigon — Elk-Skegemog Lakes Association intern Harry Dittrich, Chris Horvath, Jim Dauthrich, Fess Beier, Jayly Tarrish — Grand Traverse Freshwater Society

Educator: Bill Watson and Mike Powers — SEEDS

Grassroots Group: Ella Cooper-Froehlich — Michigan Green Consortium

Journalism and Communications: Jim Dulzo — Michigan Land Use Institute

Business: Ray Minervini — The Village at Grand Traverse Commons and Mike and Eddie Ascione — American Waste

Public Service or Public Office: Pepper Bromelmeier — Natural Resource Conservation Service

General: Mary Stewart Adams — Dark Sky Program at Headlands

Professional: Chris Pearce — Conservation Resource Alliance

Volunteer: Royce Ragland — GREEN Elk Rapids Days Mike and Sarah Litch — Glen Lake Association

Agriculture: Mike and Phyllis Wells — Wells Family Farm

Golden Beaver: Carrie Bourdages — Grand Vision, Northwest Michigan Council of Governments

John Nelson Water Steward Award: Andy Knott — The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay

Special Award for Student Journalism: Anjanette Merriweather and Brittany Erickson — NMC Magazine

Clarence Kroupa Award: Lew Coulter — Grand Traverse Conservation District

Great Lakes Bioneers of Traverse City awards:

Great Lakes Bioneer of the Year: Timothy F. Young — Food For Thought, Inc.

Great Lakes Youth Ambassador: Abigale Racine — Manistee High School David Kincaid and Brandon Runstrom — Forest Area Youth Conservation Corps. John Schaefer — Brethren Middle School Cailin Ashbaugh — Benzie Central High School John Weatherholt — Kalkaska High School