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Accepting the award for Yampatika on Saturday night were, from left, naturalist Karen Vail, board member Sherry Benson and executive director Sonja Macys. Jamie Kingsbury, right, district ranger with the U.S. Forest Service, nominated Yampatika.

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Yampatika given 2009 New Pioneer award for work in sustainability

At the end of the day, Yampatika is successful if it has created new environmental stewards. Yampatika reaches about 20,000 people each year with its educational programming. The stewardship project was recognized as the 2009 New Pioneer of the Yampa Valley on Saturday night.

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