WASHINGTON, August 4 – Conservationist Elizabeth Cushman Titus Putnam of Shaftsbury, Vt., was honored today at the White House with a Citizens Medal presented by President Obama for her work helping ensure that public lands are enjoyed by future generations.
A founder of the conservation service movement, Putnam was among 13 people to receive 2010 Citizens Medals, the nation's second highest civilian honor.
The White House said she inspired thousands American youths to protect our natural bounty. Her vision to offer land restoration and maintenance service opportunities became a reality with the birth of the Student Conservation Association.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) attended the White House ceremony and congratulated Putnam for her award.
Since the honor was first bestowed in 1969, the Presidential Citizens Medal has been granted to United States citizens "who performed exemplary deeds or services for his or her country or fellow citizens.”