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Adriano Manocchia named Official Conservation Artist

Ronald G. Dodson, Chairman of ISC-Audubon announced today that Adriano Manocchia has been named the Official Conservation Artist of ISC-Audubon. Through this position with the not-for-profit ISC-Audubon, Manocchia will be working with the organization to generate awareness of the importance of conservation oriented landscape management at home, work and at play.

Dodson said, “As Official Conservation Artist”, Manocchia will contribute through his art in raising awareness for the ISC-Audubon Adriano-fishing-2-low-resConservation Landscapes for America initiative, which is aimed at motivating people to become personally engaged in conservation and sustainability where they live, work, and play.

“We are very excited and honored that Adriano has agreed to become associated with our organization”, comments Mr. Dodson.

Manocchia said, “I first met and collaborated with Ron when he was working with the National Audubon Society and later with the Audubon Society of New York State. We lost connection for several years but I am very pleased to have now reconnected with Ron. I'm very supporting of the efforts he is now spearheading through ISC-Audubon and I’m honored to contribute to their success through my artistic vision.”

Dodson and Manocchia worked together with the support of the United States Golf Association (USGA) in the past to produce a series of golf related art that featured some of the top conservation oriented golf course facilities in the country. Dodson said that the present role that Manocchia will fill, will not only include golf conservation, but will feature artwork of other subjects including waterscapes, sporting art, wildlife and landscapes. His work captures some of the most magnificent conservation efforts in America.

Manocchia, a New Yorker who has been a full time painter for the last thirty years, is perhaps best known for his sporting art. His paintings have been displayed at such prestigious venues as the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, Vermont. In June, 1997, the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum in Livingston Manor, New York exhibited Manocchia's work, along with the work of artist Mark Susinno, in a show called Above and Below. Manocchia also has often focused his attention on wildlife, especially the North American mammals that share his own watery and wooded habitat: moose, deer and wolves.

ISC-Audubon and Ronald G. Dodson

ISC-Audubon is a not-for-profit education and advocacy organization committed to encouraging people to practice conservation and sustainability where they live, work and play.

Ronald G. Dodson is a wildlife biologist and natural resource planner who has worked for over 35 years in the conservation field. Dodson has authored a number of books and publications on wildlife management, sustainability and has created a number of award winning conservation and certification programs. As Chairman of ISC-Audubon Dodson leads the conservation and policy development efforts of ISC-Audubon.

Adriano Manocchia Bio: http://adriano-art.com 

Adriano Manocchia, born in New York in 1951, began a career in photo-journalism while completing his BA degree for literature from Pace University in New York. Upon completion of college, Adriano ran his own photo/film agency covering events for television and print media. His work has taken him aboard the aircraft carrier Nimitz, on mid-air refueling missions, on the Goodyear Blimp, and on numerous assignments to the White House.

In 1983, Adriano began spending his free time painting. A year later he decided to undertake this new challenge full time. Through his art, he has supported Ducks Unlimited, Atlantic Salmon Federation, Trout Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, American Cancer Society and the Special Olympics. His limited edition prints - Giant Panda and Snow Leopard - were endorsed by the National Zoo in Washington and the New York Zoological Society. A Bald Eagle painting was chosen to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Constitution by the U.S. Bicentennial Committee, with the image reproduced on a poster and collector plate. Adriano's work helped raise over $250,000 for Ducks Unlimited through their Sponsor Print Program from 1990 to 1992. He participated in the North Atlantic Ducks Unlimited Flyway Artist program in 1991 and 1992 and was N.Y. Audubon Society Earth Day artist in 1993. He was selected Artist of the Quarter in 1991 and 1995 for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and sponsor artist in 1992 and 1996. Several of his paintings were featured in the hardcover collector's book Fine Art of Georgia's Fairways. His art has appeared on the NBC Today Show, State Of the Art, and Woods n' Water TV Show. His work has been widely published both in Europe and the United States.

Adriano's paintings won the prestigious OWAA/DuPont Art Award in 1989 through 1991. His work has appeared in Gray's Sporting Slow-Drift-12-x-24Journal, Flyfishing, Fly Rod & Reel, Collector Editions, Outdoor Life, Premiere (Monte Carlo), Wildlife Art, Conservationist, Pescare (Italy), Flyfishing Quarterly, Bugle, U.S. Art, Sporting Classics, and Flyfisher (Japan). Following a sold out show at the American Museum Of Fly Fishing in Manchester, Vermont in 1992, Adriano traveled to Europe to introduce his work and was the featured artist at the 8th Annual International Fishing Expo in Verona, Italy. In 1997 his paintings were featured at a retrospective sporting art show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming, in a one-man show at Trailside Galleries in Jackson Hole, and at the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum in Livingston Manor, New York, in a two-man show entitled "Above and Below". In 2000 he was featured in the J.N. Bartfield Galleries catalog and at an Artist Showcase exhibit at Trailside Galleries.

In the United States his oils are shown at J.N. Bartfield Galleries (New York City), Trailside Galleries (Jackson, Wyoming and Scottsdale, Arizona), Broadway Gallery (Alexandria, Virginia), John Collette Fine Art (Highland, North Carolina), Zantman Art Galleries (Sun Valley and Ketchum, Idaho), The Sporting Gallery (Middleburg, Virginia), the Sporting Life Gallery (Beaver Creek, Colorado), and Montana Trails Gallery (Bozeman, Montana).

Awards & Distinctions

Save The Sound - Official Poster Artist, 1987

Panda Conservation Research/Smithsonian - Print Artist, 1987

Snow Leopard Project/NY Zoological Society, Print Artist, 1987

Kentucky Trout Stamp Competition - Hon. Mention, 1988

Maine Sportsman's Show Wildlife Art - 1st, Hon. Mention, 1989

Official Artist of the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, 1989

OWAA/DuPont Art Contest - 1st & 2nd: 1990, 1st: 1989,'91

Sportsman's Alliance of Maine - Sponsor Artist, 1989,'90,'91

Official N.Y. Audubon Earth Day Artist, 1990

N.Y. Ducks Unlimited - Sponsor Print Artist, 1990,'91,'92

Atlantic Salmon Federation - Special Poster Artist, 1990

Collector Editions Award Of Excellence Nominee, 1990-1994

FFF N.E. Council - Artist of The Year Award, 1991

Rocky Mt. Elk Foundation Artist of the Quarter, Summer 1991

Animal In Art Exhibit - Hon. Mention, Merit Award, 1991

Rocky Mt. Elk Foundation - Premier Sponsor Artist, 1991, 1995

National DU Flyway Program - Selected Print Artist, 1991

Wetlands America - Official Artist, 1991

OWAA Annual Conference - Featured Artist, 1991

New England DU - Sponsor Print Artist, 1992

AIPO Intern. Fishing Expo, Italy - Featured Artist/Poster, 1992

Art For The Embassy Program - Selected Artist, 1992-1995

Collections

Pitman Company Collection, Totowa, New Jersey

Tudor Farms Collection, Cambridge, Maryland

Fly Fishing Federation Museum, Livingston, Montana

Paul Jones Collection, Isla Morada, Florida

National Park of Abruzzi Museum, Italy

U.S. Embassy, Ankara, Turkey

U.S.G.A Headquarters, Far Hills, New Jersey

Shadow Hawk Golf Club, Houston, Texas

PGA Tour Headquarters, Ponte Vedra, Florida

Precision Valve Collection, Yonkers, New York

American Museum of Fly Fishing, Manchester, Vermont

IGFA Museum Headquarters, Florida

Catskill Fly Fishing Museum, Livingston Manor, New York

SustainAbility Newsletter Archive Article (random)

Johnny Appleseed Natural Area Conversion and Native Habitat Demonstration at Urbana University

Campus ShotISC Charter Member, Urbana University has launched an effort to establish the Johnny Appleseed Natural Area on campus.  The major goals associated with the project include:

  • Protect and enhance upper basin watershed represented by our 128 acre campus.
  • Restores natural features that contribute to quality of life and natural heritage.
  • Enhances educational opportunities.
  • Reduces and eliminates nonnative, invasive species of plants.
  • Enhance habitat for rare wildlife (Indiana bat).
  • Enhances recreation- and ecotourism-based economic development in an economically depressed region.

The University is proposing to enhance the natural area features of the Urbana University campus for intense educational purposes; convert significant portions the campus to native Ohio plant communities; enhance upland watershed landscape features; demonstrate best management practices for created wetlands and wetland vegetation; and maximize the educational efficacy of the campus’ sustainability features. The University intends to “walk the walk” of sustainability and aggressively showcase those converted and enhanced landscape features to our own faculty, staff, and students, as well as school groups, businesses, organizations, and other community members.

  • 11.3 acres of previously mowed grass converted to Ohio prairie vegetation, established from a 24-species seed mix sowed spring 2009 (hereinafter referred to as “the prairie”)
  • 1.3 acre natural vegetation in Chinese Memorial woodlot (hereinafter known as “the woodlot”) north of McConnell. Current vegetation will be herbicide treated October 2009; native seed mix will be sown before winter 2009.
  • 1.7 acres at north entrance to campus will be herbicide treated and sowed with appropriate native seed mix in fall 2009. The area is designated as the “entrance prairie/savanna.”
  • 1.0 acre in storm water catchment basin (hereinafter referred to as the “basin”) at northwest corner of prairie is converting naturally to native wetland species. We will continue to monitor the area and will cooperate with the USF&WS to supplement conversion by planting if deemed necessary to complete the conversion.

The aggregate of the natural areas accounts for 36.3 acres of the University’s 128 acre campus, a significant addition to Champaign County’s natural and protected acreage. The 36.3 acres encompassed by this proposal will be among the more intensively interpreted, most readily accessible, and innovatively presented set of native habitats in the region.

Urbana University embraces the tenets of natural resources stewardship and sustainability as cornerstones of our academic programs, extra- and co-curricular endeavors, facilities and grounds management, community engagement, and institutional ethic. We are the nation’s first university chartered by the International Sustainability Council; the country’s first Bird Campus USA under the auspices of Audubon Lifestyles; and we have achieved numerous other sustainability related milestones detailed within UU’s ISC Charter. This proposal seeks funding to further enhance UU’s campus to capitalize on the educational potential offered by “walking the walk” of sustainability in a manner that clearly meets the following objectives:

  • Protecting and enhancing the headwater drainage (upper basin watershed) served by our 128 acre campus, including the catchment basin and the rainwater garden.
  • Increasing habitat protection
  • Reducing/eliminating exotic invasive plant species
  • Restoring high quality, viable habitat for plant and animal species
  • Benefitting the Federally Endangered Indiana Bat by controlling invasive species in the understory of The Forest and The Grove, favoring shagbark hickory individuals, and girdling selected trees to create snags for bat roosting.
  • Restoring and preserving aquatic communities and wetlands
  • Restoring natural habitats in a very visible and easily accessible near-urban setting at an educational institution, contributing to quality of life and natural heritage
  • Planting vegetation for filtration
  • Incorporating aesthetically pleasing and ecologically informed design in a highly visible learning environment
  • Enhancing educational opportunities in a perfect location with diverse elements
  • Supporting comprehensive open space planning in a county rich in natural areas and demonstrating centuries-long sound and highly productive agricultural land management and stewardship; our campus is connected by bike path (Simon Kenton Trail) to Cedar Bog just four miles south
  • Providing multiple recreational, economic, and aesthetic preservation benefits
  • Enhancing economic development regionally by establishing a major natural attraction at a university already responsible for considerable economic activity

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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles
www.audubonlifestyles.com
 
The International Sustainability Council
www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org 

General Motors
www.gm.com

Toyota
www.toyota.com

Fisker Automotive
www.fiskerautomotive.com

Golfpreserves
www.golfcourseproject.com 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership
www.cmhp.org

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
www.cbf.org 

University of Alaska Fairbanks
www.uaf.edu 

Taylor Properties Group
www.taylorpropertiesgrp.com  

Urbana University
www.urbana.edu 

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)
www.gcsaa.org 

American Society of Golf Course Architects
www.asgca.org

The United States Golf Association (USGA)
www.usga.org

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