The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey honored state Senator Kip Bateman (R-16), state Sen. Bob Smith (D-17) and Assemblyman John McKeon (D-27) each with an Oak Leaf Award for their work in the area of environmental protection.
“Preserving open space and working for clean water, air, and land are initiatives that benefit everyone,” said Bateman. “Organizations like The Nature Conservancy do so much directly and in support of these important environmental efforts, making their recognition a true honor.”A
A member of the Senate Environment Committee, Bateman, Smith and McKeon received the award at The Nature Conservancy’s Third Annual Oak Leaf Awards presentation on Sunday, October 12.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working locally and globally to protect and restore natural areas and systems for people and nature. Their mission is to conserve lands and waters on which all life depends, with the goal of leaving a sustainable world for future generations.
Barbara Brummer, Ph.D., New Jersey State Director for The Nature Conservancy, noted that Bateman, McKeon and Smith “have distinguished records of environmental leadership in the New Jersey State Legislature,” adding that the legislators “sponsored a voter referendum that will appear on the November 2014 ballot to create our state’s first permanent source of funding for preservation and stewardship of open spaces, farmlands, historic sites, parks and waterways.”