Ralph Dull, local farmer and environmental advocate, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement award tonight at 6 pm at the Partners for the Environment Annual Dinner at the Brukner Nature Center in Troy.
The Partner of the Year awards celebrate organizations and people that work to protect, preserve, and restore the environmental and agricultural resources of the Great Miami River and Little Miami River watersheds.
Dull, of Brookville, has worked tirelessly to protect farmland, promote sustainable agriculture, and use green energy in his family farming business. His family owns and manages several farms that are permanently protected with agricultural and or conservation easements. He also is known as a founder of the Dayton Peace Museum and he and his wife Christine were inducted into the Dayton Region Walk of Fame in 2011.
Dan Jackson, former staff with Montgomery Soil and Water Conservation District, also is being honored posthumously with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with communities to protect sensitive lands and promote conservation.
“The awards dinner is an opportunity to honor those who have done exceptional work and have provided us with inspiration and leadership,” says Sarah Hippensteel Hall, co-chair of Partners for the Environment.
A couple of other awards will be presented during the dinner.
- Stephen Mackell will be honored with the Individual of the Year award. He is the co-farm manager with Mission of Mary Cooperative.
- The Miami Valley Leave No Child Inside collaborative is being honored with the Partner of the Year award for its efforts to connect children in the Miami Valley region to nature and the outdoors by giving them opportunities to develop the skills and desire to become stewards of the environment.
The Partners for the Environment is an alliance of environmental organizations, government and civic organizations, and public and private educational institutions within an 18-county region in southwest Ohio. More than 70 organizations are connected to the alliance.