Midcoast Conservancy presented volunteer awards at its annual meeting and volunteer appreciation event Dec. 7.

Each award represents one of the organization’s pillars, as identified by Midcoast Conservancy’s board, councils and staff; the people chosen were selected by the staff as volunteers who exemplify each pillar through their time, energy, commitment and dedication.

The Land Award went to Tom Fake, who unbidden offered to design and help build new kiosks for 11 of Midcoast Conservancy’s preserves, a critical step in the organization’s effort to standardize trailhead signage. Working with Maine Conservation Corps steward Jess Richards, he also came up with an innovative and elegant new map box design.

David Miller received the Water Award for his crucial role in the Sheepscot River water quality monitoring program. From training volunteers during his time with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, to managing all of the program's volunteers, to collecting data and providing quality control on each of the hundreds of measurements each year, Miller has consistently ensured the collection of high quality data.

The Community Award went to Glen Widmer. As a school principal — currently of Capt. Albert Stevens School in Belfast — Widmer has dedicated his professional life to working with youth and building community. As a champion of Midcoast Conservancy’s Outdoor Adventure & Learning program, Widmer can be found leading a group of students snowshoeing up Haystack Mountain, jumping in to lead a paddle-boarding clinic on Stevens pond, or chairing the Outdoor Adventure steering committee, all as part of his mission to connect kids to the out of doors.

Paula Swetland is this year’s Healthy Organization award recipient. As the chairman of Midcoast Conservancy’s largest fundraising event, Champagne on the Sheepscot, Swetland devoted hundreds of hours to planning, and led a cadre of seasoned and new volunteers to stage the organization’s most successful fundraiser to date.

For more information about Midcoast Conservancy, visit midcoastconservancy.org or call 389-5150.