The Marshal presented the Awards to Prof. Janina Wengris

The Marshal presented the Awards to Prof. Janina Wengris

Prize winners on a commemorative photo with the awarding persons (photo: WMUM)

We know the winners of the ninth edition of the Prof. Janina Wegris, awarded by the Marshal of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship. The idea behind the initiative, organized by the provincial government since 2014, is to support pro-ecological attitudes, promote activities and solutions that contribute to the protection and reduction of the threat to the natural environment.

The province protects the environment by taking care of the quality of air, water and soil and provides nature reserves – says Marshal Gustaw Marek Brzezin. † Most importantly, however, is the active care of the natural environment of the inhabitants of the region itself. Only in this way can these unique natural values ​​be preserved as unchanged as possible for future generations. To achieve this goal, it takes people with real dedication, whose life passion is environmental protection and widely understood environmental education.

For the fourth time in the history of the competition, two awards were presented – separately in honor of a private individual and a collective entity.

The winners of this year’s edition of the competition were Krzysztof Majcher and the Regional Directorate of State Forests in Olsztyn. The awards were presented by Marshal Gustaw Marek Brzezin and a board member – Jolanta Piotrowska.

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Krzysztof Majcher – naturalist and herpetologist. For more than forty-five years he has been involved in activities aimed at the recognition and protection of amphibians and reptiles in the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship and beyond. The history of its activities includes: participation in the scientific work of the Olsztyn zoological group ART, membership of the herpetological department of the Polish Zoological Society, constant collaboration with the Provincial Conservatory, conducting systematic field observations and verification of historical sites of the European pond turtle occurrence in northeastern Poland, as well as constant wildlife observations and collection of information on the occurrence of the European pond turtle and other amphibians and reptiles in the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship. He worked at the ART Institute of Animal Physiology, later UWM in Olsztyn. At the request of UWM, he made maps of amphibian and reptile species from the Natura 2000 list. He implemented programs for active protection and reintroduction of the European pond turtle in Poland (at the behest of the Minister of Environmental Protection), as well as in collaboration with the Polish Association for the Conservation of Birds, GEF, EKOFUNDUSZ and WFOŚiGW, active protection of the European pond turtle in the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship. For many years he has been working to popularize the biology of amphibians and reptiles. as a speaker at training, popularization and educational gatherings of many environments, public gatherings, workshops and lectures.

Regional Directorate State Forestry in Olsztyn – The State Forests is the largest organization in the European Union that manages forests owned by the Ministry of Finance. It controls one fourth of the Polish territory. The Regional Directorate of State Forests in Olsztyn manages the forests in the western part of Masuria, Warmia, Powiśle and northern Mazovia (including the northern part of the Kurpie forests), supervises the subordinate units and coordinates the activities on its territory . The mission of forest rangers includes caring for the biodiversity of forests, protecting against many threats – natural disasters, insect pests, tree diseases, fires, pollution, also against the effects of poaching or vandalism. In this way, RDSF in Olsztyn not only cares about nature, but also allows residents and tourists to use its goods safely – safe for them and for the forests themselves. The employees of the RDSF in Olsztyn also ensure that the forest management that supplies the market with timber is carried out in accordance with the principles of sustainable development, taking into account all the functions that forests perform. This is confirmed, among other things, by international certificates. Foresters are a source of rich knowledge about Polish forests, their history and natural values. They are involved in educational and promotional activities that allow them to better understand the important element of the national heritage, namely forests. They publish books, magazines, brochures and have a website. The staff of Staatsbosbeheer has been supporting schools in various educational phases for years. Together with non-governmental organizations it organizes one-off and cyclical actions to expand knowledge about forests, nature and ecology. It also collaborates with research centers to support forestry research.

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