Cecil Land Trust Board of Directors President, Bill Kilby, has been awarded the fifteenth annual Aileen Hughes Award for conservation excellence.
The Aileen Hughes Award, given by the Maryland Environmental Trust (MET), recognizes exceptional contributions of leaders in the Maryland land trust community. The Aileen Hughes Award is a monetary award in the amount of two thousand dollars given to Cecil Land Trust to support its conservation work.
MET recognized Mr. Kilby’s leadership, innovation and high level of performance in protecting the lands and waters of Cecil County.
“Bill Kilby’s work to establish Cecil Land Trust, support conservation projects, grow community partnerships, develop educational programs that engage the next generation of environmental stewards and his dedication to ensure conservation continues to grow as a priority of life in Cecil County are noteworthy accomplishments,” stated MET Land Trust Coordinator, Michelle Grafton.
The award honors the late Aileen Hughes, a true leader in the conservation movement. Ms. Hughes was a supporter of women’s and civil rights, as well as the protection of Maryland’s natural and cultural resources. Ms. Hughes was the President for many years of the American Chestnut Land Trust.
“It is a great honor to be able to carry on the work of Aileen Hughes,” said Mr. Kilby. “She was a person who knew the value of doing the ‘right thing.’ I look forward to continuing to work with Cecil Land Trust and our community and supporters to protect the lands and waters of Cecil County.”
Mr. Kilby will be recognized for his extraordinary work during an award ceremony at the 2017 Maryland Land Conservation Conference, June 8th at the Pearlstone Center.