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Dear !*FIRST NAME*!,

The results of the 2007 Apprentice Ecologist Awards (including our $500 scholarship winner) are now final. A committee of NWP volunteer staff and board members poured over the record 122 Apprentice Ecologist essays submitted last year! While we would like to award a scholarship to the authors of the top 25 essays or even the top 10 essays, our budget simply doesn't allow us to do that yet. However, we feel that the NWP youth volunteers that contributed so much this year to the environment and to their communities (both in the US and abroad) deserve special recognition for their amazing efforts. We hope that someday our program will grow to a size where we can provide many more of these inspired young men and women (including disadvantaged and at-risk youth) with a scholarship to help fund their college education.

The record number of Apprentice Ecologist essays contributed in 2007 meant that the authors of the top 10 essays represented the top 8.2% of completed projects. These award-winning authors are featured on our NWP Volunteer Awards web page and will be featured throughout 2008.

Of the top 10 essays, members of the NWP awards committee felt that one project essay rose to the top. The following NWP Apprentice Ecologist project was voted as the #1 essay for 2007. Congratulations to Holli (New York, USA) for her wonderful project to develop and implement an Alternate Energy School Program within her school district! Holli will be receiving a $500 scholarship from the Nicodemus Wilderness Project to help fund her future college education.


Featured NWP Apprentice Ecologist Essay

"The Hubert Peak for oil depletion has been surpassed. The hole in the ozone layer has reached a record size of over 10 million square miles. Human population is increasing exponentially and current energy forms cannot sustain such numbers. It is these shocking statistics that encouraged me to delve deeper into alternate energy forms. Upon realizing that there is an ample amount of clean, dependable, sustainable energy that has yet to be utilized, I decided to pass on my knowledge to others....(Read More)"


NWP Youth Volunteers Make A Difference (Updated: February 29, 2008)


Youth Volunteers
Hours Volunteered
Trash Removed from Environment (lbs.)
Native Trees Planted 

Area Restored for Wildlife (acres)
Number of Countries Represented
U.S. Dollar Value of Volunteer Time
Value of Your $50 Gift Contribution


Eco-Quote: Be Inspired So You Can Inspire Others

Edward Abbey: "But love of the wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need - if only we had eyes to see."

Reading: Desert Solitaire, The Monkey Wrench Gang, Down the River


I hope you've enjoyed this edition of the Nicodemus Wilderness Project eNewsletter (Subscription: 6,537 people worldwide and growing).


Robert K. Dudley, Ph.D., Director
Nicodemus Wilderness Project



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