Tricia Allen receives global conservation volunteer award

Committed conservationist, Tricia Allen, works tirelessly for the Nature Conservancy, a national organization that has protected more than 350,000 acres in Georgia.

Committed conservationist, Tricia Allen, works tirelessly for the Nature Conservancy, a national organization that has protected more than 350,000 acres in Georgia.

A champion of conservation, Buckhead resident Tricia Allen recently received the Oak Leaf Award, The Nature Conservancy’s top honor for volunteers. It highlights her 20 years of service to the organization, including many terms as a trustee.

The conservancy tackles the world’s most pressing conservation challenges, such as protecting endangered species and keeping pesticides out of rivers and streams. They also work with shippers and shrimpers to protect ocean lanes used by migrating whales.

“I became involved when I visited a wood stork rookery in Augusta decades ago,” Allen says. “We wore chest waders and literally walked over the backs of alligators. I fell in love with the group’s mission and the way it worked to protect land the old-fashioned way—by buying it.”

Deron Davis, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in Georgia, calls Allen a master at sharing her passion for conservation. “She was honorary chair of our 25-milliondollar campaign and has put her heart and soul into the organization.”

Buckhead resident and Georgia Board of Trustees Chair Tom Harbin praises Allen’s decades of service: “Tricia has served multiple terms on the Board and identified many others with a strong commitment to conservation.”

In Georgia, The Nature Conservancy is making a lasting impact by protecting and acquiring land, from the pristine national forests of North Georgia to the iconic Barrier Islands. It’s also improving the health of vital waterways, essential to the well being of both humans and nature.

“We invest in innovative strategies around the world that balance the needs of communities with the environment,” Davis says. “We rely on volunteer leaders like Tricia Allen to make a difference.”

For more information, visit nature.org