Ed Miller, founder and curator of the Landis Arboretum’s Native Plant Trail, was awarded the Saving Special Places Award by the Mohawk-Hudson Land Conservancy (MHLC) at a ceremony held in Albany on April 14.
According to Mark King, executive director of the Conservancy, the award “recognizes an individual for his or her significant contribution to land conservation in our region.” He pointed out that “Ed’s generosity and advocacy have contributed to the protection of the Joralemon Park in Coeymans, an area widely known for its outstanding plant diversity that thrives on the area’s limestone-based soils.” He also noted Ed’s passion for the Wolf Hollow area in Schenectady County.
Jim Paley, president of Landis’ Board of Trustees, pointed out that the award was a catalyst for forging a special relationship between the Arboretum and MHLC since both espouse a similar respect for the environment. He said that each will share articles in the other’s newsletters and that MHLC is considering holding an event at the Arboretum.
The MHLC’s mission — the preservation of natural, scenic, agricultural, and cultural landscapes in partnership with landowners, not-for-profit organizations, businesses, and governments for the benefit of current and future generations — makes its new relationship with the Arboretum a natural fit.