KIRO 7 Announces Finalists for Western Washington's Cox Conserves Heroes Program

Online voters to determine winner and help donate $10,000 to local environmental nonprofits

Oct 11, 2010, 13:27 ET from Cox Media Group

SEATTLE, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- KIRO 7, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land (TPL), today announced finalists for Western Washington's 2010 Cox Conserves Heroes program. The winning Hero, to be chosen by an online public vote, will be awarded $5,000 to donate to the environmental nonprofit of his or her choice. The four finalists each will receive $1,250 to donate to their nonprofits of choice.

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The public is being asked to vote now through Nov. 1 at

Nominations reflected a wide variety of conservation and educational programs by impressive community volunteers. The finalists were selected by a Judging Circle of local environmental leaders.

Finalists include (environmental nonprofit of choice):

  • Forrest Clark (Forest Fire Lookout Association – Western Washington)
  • Barbara Downward (King Conservation District)
  • Robert Girvin (Green Tacoma Partnership)
  • Jan Holmes (WSU Island County Beach Watchers)
  • Bob Jackson (EarthCorps)

This is the third year the Cox Conserves Heroes program has taken place in Western Washington. Gary Colley was named Western Washington's Cox Conserves Hero in 2009 and selected the North Olympic Land Trust to receive $5,000. Mike Town was named the inaugural Cox Conserves Hero in 2008 and The Washington Wilderness Coalition was his environmental nonprofit of choice.

The Cox Conserves Heroes program was created through a partnership between The Trust for Public Land and Cox Enterprises, the parent company of KIRO 7, to honor everyday conservationists. The program also runs in Atlanta, New Orleans, San Diego and San Francisco. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook.

About KIRO 7

Part of Cox Media Group, KIRO 7 is a CBS affiliate and is Western Washington's source for the latest in breaking news, weather and traffic.

Cox Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, is an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media company that includes Valpak and the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. With revenues of $1.8 billion, the company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 86 radio stations, four metro newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services.  Additionally, Cox Media Group owns and operates Valpak, one of the leading direct marketing companies in North America.    

About The Trust for Public Land

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national nonprofit land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and natural areas, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. Since 1972, TPL completed close to 4,000 land conservation projects in 47 states, protecting 2.8 million acres, including over 73,000 acres in Washington. TPL has helped states and communities craft and pass over 380 ballot measures, generating $36 billion in new conservation-related funding. Our work in Washington stretches from the shores of the Puget Sound to the working lands east of the Cascades, as we strive to save special places as diverse and beautiful as the state itself, conserving the best of Washington for everyone to enjoy.

SOURCE Cox Media Group