Ralph W. Abele
Conservation Heritage Award
Leonard A. Green
The Fish and Boat Commission selected Leonard A. Green as the 1994 winner of its highest
honor, the Ralph W. Abele Conservation Heritage Award. Green, a former member of the
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, died in Butler, Pennsylvania on March 28, 2000. He was
seventy years old.
The Fish and Boat Commission dedicated the Leonard A. Green Memorial Grove in ceremonies on
October 25, 2000. A grove of trees on the Commission's 430-acre tract along Penns Creek has been
set aside as a living memorial to the late Leonard A. Green. "Green's Grove" is part of the
Ralph W. Abele Memorial Glen.
Len was truly one of Pennsylvania's conservation giants. He spent more than 50
years as a dedicated volunteer in various roles. He headed more than a dozen conservation
organizations at one time or another. More than the various roles he served, Len was a mentor to
many young people. He believed that it was his duty to educate, recruit and empower others to
make a difference for conservation.
His life was marked by exceptional community involvement
and support for conservation. He served as chairman and as a member of the Board of Directors of
the National Wildlife Federation. He was past chairman of the Pennsylvania Wildlife Federation
and past president of the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs. He was a past president
and board member of the Pennsylvania Forestry Association.
Leonard Green served as the member
of the Fish and Boat Commission, Sixth District, from 1975 until 1991. He was a key player in
the development of the resource-based policies and programs known as OPERATION FUTURE. A
conservation leader of state and national importance, Len Green was a strong supporter of Ralph
Abele's "Resource First" philosophy that has guided the Commission and its staff for many years.
Because of his long and deep involvement in clean streams issues, he was appointed to the
Citizens Advisory Council of the newly created Department of Environmental Resources in 1971. He
served on the Citizens Advisory Council from 1971 until 1993, and he regularly served as a
Citizens Advisory Council representative on the Environmental Quality Board.
Among the many
organizations to which he devoted volunteer support were the Pennsylvania Environmental Council,
Carlisle Fish & Game Association, Hawk Mt. Sanctuary, William Baer Conservation Memorial Fund,
Scott Eckert Conservation Scholarship Fund, Cumberland County Conservation School, Butler County
Junior Conservation Camp, Cumberland County Sportsmen's & Conservation Association, Cumberland
County Conservancy, Letort Regional Authority, Cumberland County Solid Waste Authority, and the
Keystone Area BSA Executive Council. He also served as Pennsylvania Deputy Game Protector. Len
Green also served in the capacity as Board Member and Past President of the Butler Area Chamber
of Commerce. He chaired fund drives for United Way, the Hospital Building Fund, Y.M.C.A., Boy
Scouts of America and the Salvation Army. He has been recognized as a Board Member and Past
Chairman of the Butler Junior Achievement and as a Board member of the Carlisle Area Junior
Achievement Programs. He served as a Founding Advisor of Explorer Post 100 Conservation Boy
Scout Career Post. In scouting, he also served as a member of Executive Council, Keystone Area
Council, Boy Scouts of America.
His work in conservation education and with conservation camps
was exemplary. Len Green's interests spanned a wide range of conservation, environmental and
preservation concerns. His devotion to fisheries, forestry, conservation and natural resources
cannot be overstated. He lived the Conservation Pledge.