Call for Nominations for Eleanor Stopps Award

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is seeking nominations for the 2009 Eleanor Stopps Environmental Leadership Award. As someone who knew how hard Eleanor worked in the 1970s and 80s to make Protection Island a protected national treasure. Recieving this is a truly an honor. Here’s the story…

Eleanor Stopps is a powerful advocate for lasting protection of the North Olympic Peninsula environment. In the 1960s and 70s she recognized the need to protect the uniquely important marine environment of the Salish Sea.  With no special political base or powerful financial backers she testified before the Washington State Legislature and the United States Congress and was instrumental in getting legislation and public support for protection of the area.  She was responsible for the establishment of the Protection Island Sanctuary, which was the only refuge created during the Reagan administration. Today, it is a critical link in the preservation of the whole Salish Sea region. 

Since 2005, Eleanor’s example and legacy of citizen leadership in efforts to protect our environment in the North Olympic Peninsula (Jefferson and Clallam Counties) has been recognized through the Environmental Leadership Award.

The Leadership Award is awarded annually to a citizen of the North Olympic Peninsula who has:

  • Led a successful resource conservation effort that benefits the north Olympic Peninsula and its residents directly;
  • Acted as a community catalyst for programs, initiatives or ventures that demonstrate a commitment to the future of the earth and its biodiversity;
  • Become a model for future leaders in business and education; or has been an exemplary citizen or policy maker who has implemented decisions that, though they may entail risks, have helped our communities take the next step towards environmental sustainability.


2009 nominations for recognition of citizens on the North Olympic Peninsula who have provided leadership in protection and stewardship for our environment may be made by downloading the nomination form from, or calling (360) 385-5582 and requesting a form.




Winners and runners up will be honored at the PTMSC Stewardship Breakfast at the Fort Worden Commons at 8 a.m. on October 1st, 2009.  Contact JoAnne Heron at for questions about the breakfast or the award.


Previous winners include:  2005: Katharine Baril, natural resource educator and planner Washington State University;  2006: Anne Murphy, Executive Director, Port Townsend Marine Science Center; 2007: Tom Jay and Sara Mall Johani, artists and environmentalists; 2008: Al Latham, Jefferson County Conservation District Ranger.