The 2013 recipients were Earl and Phyllis Bailey. Earl and Phyllis founded the Bibb County Citizens for Wildflowers (BCCW) in 1999, and spearheaded BCCW’s first big project to protect the wildflowers on the Bibb County roadsides. Earl served as president of BCCW for many years, and Phyllis has been its Treasurer since the organization’s beginning. Their work in BCCW has inspired and encouraged many others to actively care for our environment.

Yet the Baileys’ environmental work reaches far beyond BCCW. They are lifetime members of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and have established a conservation easement with TNC on part of their property on the Little Cahaba River. They supported the foundation of the Bibb Glades, site of a number of plants unique to Bibb County and this area of Alabama. Earl served on the Board of Directors of the Cahaba River Society for seven years and was Group and Chapter Chairman and Regional Vice President of the Sierra Club for the Southeast.

They both bring a rich educational background to their work. Phyllis received a BA from Western College in Ohio, an MA in Music Education from University of Alabama, and a ChM in Choral Conducting. Earl received a BS and MS from Mississippi State University and served two years in the Air Force as a First Lieutenant.

We are all very fortunate to have among us two people who have done so much for the preservation of the natural environment of Bibb County and Alabama. All of Bibb County—and especially those of us who know and love Phyllis and Earl through their environmental work–are enriched by their being here.