Maywood presents president’s award

Doug Leppanen received the President’s Award at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Ellwood H. May Environmental Park Association of Sheboygan County, Inc. on April 27. Peter Pittner, board president, presented the award.

The President’s Award was established in memory of Ellwood and Mary May. Each year, the association president presents this award to individuals who have made a significant and timely contribution to the progress and purpose of our Association and the Ellwood H. May Environmental Park.

Leppanen received the award for his many contributions to the Association and Maywood over the years. He has been a member of Maywood for over 20 years. He has been an active participant in many Maywood programs including Team Maywood and the weekly yoga classes. Leppanen has also volunteered as a Ride Marshal for the Maywood Earth Ride for many years.

He took on a leadership role when he joined the Advisory Board as an at-large member in 2007. He has served on the Executive Committee and as a trustee since 2009. In 2010 and 2011 he served as the vice president and from May 2012 to April 2014 as board president.

Most notable are Leppanen’s contributions as chair of the Property/Stewardship Committee. He has led the committee to complete many projects includ- ing a master plan for the Bur Oak property that includes the installation of boardwalks and removal of invasive species, the creation and implementation of a management plan for the Maple Forest, and the current replanting of the rain garden.

In his Spring 2014 Leading Edge article for EcoEdges, Leppanen wrote, “I believe that everyone should make being outside in nature on a regular basis a priority.” His work at Maywood has certainly helped make Maywood a choice destination for being outside in nature through outdoor recreation and environmental education.

Ellwood H. May Environmental Park, commonly known as Maywood, is committed to its mission of promoting environmental stewardship through real life experiences. Sheboygan’s largest city-owned park includes an ecology center, hiking and cross-country ski trails, wildlife viewing areas, an arboretum, and rain garden. The park and its trails are open to the public year-round, free of charge. The park also offers programs for schools and the public, summer camps, aquatic studies and water monitoring, astronomy observation, bicycle tours, guided walks and canoe outings, a hands-on environmental lab, nature crafts, and outdoor workshops. Support for Maywood comes from the City of Sheboygan, public grants, and The Environmental Park Trust of Sheboygan County through voluntary donations, bequests and annual fund drives.


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