Two long-time conservationists and three state legislators were recognized this week for their efforts to protect South Carolinas environment.
Jane Lareau, who with Dana Beach helped found the S.C. Coastal Conservation League more than 20 years ago, received recognition at the Conservation Voters of South Carolinas annual Green Tie luncheon this week in Columbia.
Nancy Vinson, a colleague of Lareaus at the league, also was honored.
Lareau and Vinson worked for the Conservation League for most of its existence until retiring recently. They have led campaigns to establish wildlife refuges, protect tidal deltas, save salt marsh islands and limit mega hog farms. Since its inception in 1989, the Conservation League has grown into the states most powerful environmental group.
The Conservation Voters, the political arm of the states environmental groups, also honored state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Kershaw, and state Reps. Robert Brown, D-Charleston, and Mike Pitts, R-Laurens.