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The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is announcing the start of the 2005 Young Environmentalist of the Year award program. Awards will be given to students deserving recognition for their efforts in protecting the environment. Nominations must be based on actions or projects which have taken place between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2005.

Teachers, classmates, parents, club or group leaders and others are encouraged to nominate Delaware students who have shown concern for Delaware and the planet through their environmental projects.

Nominations will be accepted between May 1 and June 3, 2005. A winner will be chosen from each of the following categories where award-quality projects are submitted:

• Elementary for students in grades 1-4
• Middle School for students in grades 5-8
• High School for students in grades 9-12

The Young Environmentalist program honors Delaware students whose actions have resulted in the protection, restoration or enhancement of Delaware’s natural resources through one or more of the following means:

• Demonstrating Environmental Stewardship
• Initiating an Innovative Project
• Increasing Public Awareness
• Demonstrating Environmental Ethics

A $100 check and a gift certificate for a canoe, kayak or pontoon boat trip in one of Delaware’s State Parks will be awarded to each category winner in recognition of his or her contribution to the community. Winners will be honored in a special ceremony at Governor’s Day at the Delaware State Fair, July 28.

This is the 12th year for the award, which was established by DNREC colleagues and friends in honor of Dr. Edwin H. Clark II, who served as Secretary of DNREC from 1989 until 1993. Dr. Clark usually presents the award to the winners.

Information and the nomination form are available through links on the DNREC homepage at www.dnrec.state.de.us.