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David Brower Award Goes to NCAP Alumni

by Josh Vincent — last modified Mar 19, 2013 01:55 PM

Two long-time "ncappers" were recently recognized for their life long activism to protect people and the environment.

Each year at the University of Oregon's Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, the David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an important activist who exemplifies Brower's spirit and accomplishments. NCAP is proud to say that this year's award went jointly to Norma Grier and Dahinda Meda.

Norma and Dahinda

Photo by Trav Williams, Broken Banjo Photography

Norma served as NCAP's Executive Director for 25 years, taking the helm in 1983 after working to coordinate NCAP's efforts with citizens' groups throughout southern Oregon. During that time, she led a successful charge to stop aerial pesticide spraying on public forest lands in Oregon and Washington, launched NCAP's legal efforts to protect salmon and water quality, and developed programs to promote alternatives to pesticides in farming for chemical-intensive Northwest crops such as potatoes.

Aside from her work with NCAP, Norma has been involved as a board member with many other environmentally focused public health and agricultural organizations such as Beyond Pesticides, the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Oregon Organic Coalition, and the Willamette Valley Sustainable Foods Alliance.

Dahinda has played an equally large role in advancing pesticide reform. In the 1970s, he became involved in the Environmental Defense lawsuit that was instrumental in producing an EPA ban on the pesticide DDT. He then spent several years working on salmon habitat restoration projects in northern California. In the 1980s, he moved to Eugene where he met Norma and became involved with NCAP, serving on the board of directors for 15 years. 

Dahinda's two family businesses, Cafe Mam and Royal Blue Organics, donate proceeds to fund pesticide reform efforts in the Northwest. 

Congratulations to Norma and Dahinda for all this wonderful work, and for this much deserved award!