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Mitzi Fox receives Prairie Plains award

Mitzi Fox, left, accepts the Charles L. Whitney Award for Outstanding Service from Colleen Babcock of Lincoln during the Prairie Plains Resource Institute’s annual meeting Mitzi Fox of Albion was awarded the Charles L. Whitney Award for Outstanding Service recently at the annual meeting of Prairie Plains Resource Institute in Aurora.

Fox, long-time member, board member and advocate of Prairie Plains, was recognized for her service and dedication to the Olson Nature Preserve north of Albion.

“There’s no better voice for the Olson Nature Preserve and Prairie Plains than Mitzi,” according to Bill Whitney of Prairie Plains.  “She’s introduced countless people to our organization and never tires of promoting Olson to people across the state.”

Approached by a group of local citizens interested in preserving a piece of the Grant and Berenice Olson ranch for public use, Prairie Plains Resource Institute took ownership of the Olson Nature Preserve in 1995. Since that time the Preserve has become a hub of activity for area schools, scouts and countless other groups. 

Prairie Plains Resource Institute is a nonprofit membership-based conservation and education organization founded in Aurora.  Its mission is to enhance appreciation and understanding of the Great Plains by offering educational opportunities on the land for all ages