September 30, 2010

OEI would like to congratulate Les Monostory for being one of the six national finalist for Field and Stream's Heroes of Conservation Award. Mr. Monostory and the Izaak Walton League of America (Central New York Chapter) are partners of the OEI.

Article from the Syracuse Post-Standard by David Figura.

"Izaak Walton League member Les Monostory, of Fayetteville, is one of the six national finalists for Field and Stream’s Heroes of Conservation Award. Monostory will be honored Oct. 6 when the magazine hosts its fifth annual Heroes of Conservation Awards gala in Washington, D.C.

Monostory, 67, a retired environmental planner, was initially recognized in Field and Stream’s June issue. The magazine highlighted Monostory’s accomplishments — particularly his efforts as the founder of the Central New York Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America more than 20 years ago, a group in which he is still actively involved.

The magazine noted: “He also helped start Project Watershed, an outreach program that recruits high school and elementary students to clean up and monitor local lakes and streams. He continues his decades-long effort to clean up Onondaga Lake.”

Monostory appears again in this month’s issue of Field and Stream, in which the finalists are announced. As a finalist, he will be awarded at least $5,000 by Toyota, which co-sponsors the award. The grand prize winner will also receive a Toyota 4Runner.

Monostory has already been given $500 for being featured in the magazine’s June issue."