The Georgia Conservancy and Generation Green honored park ranger Robby Astrove of Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve with the Longleaf Award.
The Georgia Conservancy says the Longleaf Award is presented to emerging environmental leaders in metro Atlanta who have had a tremendous impact within their communities.
Previous recipients include Rebecca Serna for her leadership at the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, and Jennifer Owens for her advocacy work at Georgia Organics.
Astrove, also known as “Ranger Robby,” is head park ranger a Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve area in Lithonia. As ranger, he leads environmental education outreach for the preserve, engaging hundreds of schoolchildren and citizens every year though his hikes and workshops that focus on the preserve’s ecological diversity and natural history.
Astrove’s work extends well beyond the boundaries of the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area. Program managers say Astrove is a fixture in Atlanta’s growing local food and urban agriculture movement, with dedicated work with organizations such as the Atlanta Local Food Initiative, Georgia Organics, Community Farmers’ Markets, Concrete Jungle and Trees Atlanta.
“Generation Green and the Georgia Conservancy are thrilled to honor Robby Astrove with the Longleaf Award,” says Brian Foster, communications director with the Conservancy. “He embodies the spirit of the award through his advocacy for a more sustainable Atlanta and for his down-in-the-dirt leadership in educating young and old about the incredible natural resources found within metro Atlanta. Our city would be pressed to find a kinder and more enthusiastic environmentalist.”