Steward of God's Creation Award

The Steward of God?s Creation award is bestowed to those individuals who exhibit courage and commitment in the caring and keeping of the earth in a heroic, distinguished and effective manner. Awardees are determined by a vote of religious leaders and bestowed at a public event, normally the National Prayer Breakfast for Creation Care, which is sponsored annually by a coalition of religious organizations and affiliates.

   

Dr. Robert Marshall
Kenna, West Virginia

Bob MarshallWhen the idea of mobilizing religion to conserve forests was still a new proposal, Bob Marshall was the first person to speak in favor of a religious articulation of an ethic of forest conservation. Throughout 1999 Bob Marshall repeatedly sacrificed his time and resources to protect our public forests from private commercial exploitation. He spoke at press conferences; he set up meetings with legislators; he organized local events; he relentlessly taught the importance of care for our public forests.

Bob is also known throughout West Virginia for his successful battle with the state’s Department of Natural Resources. He successfully promoted a court challenge that required the State of West Virginia and its agencies to protect its forests from timber companies. Together with his brother Joseph, he obtained enactment of West Virginia’s first public involvement law which allows citizen input on all forest policies.

For his initiative and service, for his heroic action to protect and preserve West Virginia’s forests, a 2000 “Steward of the Forest” award is presented to Bob.

 

LIST OF RECIPIENTS

1999
Vincent Rossi
Chad Hanson

2000

Dr. Bob Marshall
Rev. Owen Owens
Julia "Butterfly" Hill
Jim Davidson
Dr. Robert Jonas

2001

Chief Michael Dombeck
Dr. Barak Gale

2002

Hume Davenport
Ann Alexander

2003

Rep. Cynthia McKinney

2004

Connie Hanson
Fr. Jacek Orzechowski

2005

Rev. Peter Moore-Kochlacs

 

 

 

2006

Allen Johnson

2007

Rabbi Warren Stone
Thomas Herschelmen

2008

Carlos Agnesi
Fred Krueger

2009

Dr. Calvin DeWitt

2010

Dr. James Hansen

2011

Lisa Jackson

2012

Wendell Berry
Dr. Tom English
Dr. Lise Van Susteren

2013

Bill McKibben
Larry Gibson