Tenafly Nature Center to Host Annual Dinner and Silent Auction
On Sunday, March 3rd, the Tenafly Nature Center Trustees presented its highest honor, “The Founders Award for Conservation,” to local Tenafly nature heroes, Bruce Baker and Charles Klatskin. Also honored was landscape artist Paul Keyes, receiving the Tenafly Nature Center’s “Volunteer of the Year” award. The Tenafly Nature Center extended their gratitude, recognizing the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference for their dedication to the Tenafly Nature Center overall well-being, particularly the perseverance and steadfast efforts to re-open the trails after Hurricane Sandy. Proceeds from the annual fundraising dinner and silent auction will support the Tenafly Nature Center’s mission to preserve and protect open space and wildlife as well as provide environmental education by offering community programs about nature. Records show that this member-supported organization presents roughly 1,100 environmental educations programs each year, in which over 23,000 visitors to the Tenafly Nature Center participate in.
Back in the 1970s, both Baker and Klatskin played integral roles during Tenafly’s emerging environmental movement. Working together, Baker and Klatskin were able to finalize funding which aided the efforts to protect and preserve the 274 acres of woodlands atop the picturesque Palisades from high density development. According to the celebratory speech recited on Earth Day of 1976, by then mayor of Tenafly, Mayor Manos, Baker and Klatskin were praised for their “heroic effort on the part of thousands of interested and concerned citizens in this area of our state and elsewhere.” Many felt that Baker and Klatskin’s efforts “exemplify the values – protecting and preserving open space for the common good and for future generations,” and thus were unanimously selected as honorees of the Tenafly Nature Center’s highest accolade.