Friends of Moran and Michel Vekved, Orcas Island

Michel Vekved

Friends of Moran and Michel Vekved
Orcas Island
2014 Stewardship Award Winner – Special Award – Environmental Awareness Category

Friends of Moran provides exceptional stewardship and outreach programs for visitors to Moran State Park. This is due in large part to Michel, who has volunteered countless hours over the years to build a functioning board of volunteers, launch a website, open the Summit Learning Center and recruit staff for the gift shop atop Mt. Constitution.

Today, thousands of visitors receive firsthand information about stewardship, protection and conservation of our parklands. Michel also created an internship program at the Learning Center for college students to serve as docents, helped raise funding and in-kind donations for new play equipment for Cascade Lake, drew a greater awareness to the Kokanee Hatchery and created a partnership with Long Live the Kings, and cultivated sponsors to reprint and distribute a free Moran Park map for visitors.

After 11 acres of Douglas fir were removed by state parks as a result of laminar root rot, she helped coordinate volunteers to replant the area around Camp Moran. «None of what we strive to do would have happened without the passionate and dedicated Friends of Moran volunteers and supporters,” she said. «This award is a great recognition for all the collective efforts surrounding environmental awareness and educational opportunities.”