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Conservation Commission honors pair for longtime service

Published 7:28 am, Monday, June 23, 2014

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  • Conservation Commission Chairman Kevin Gumpper presents Frank Rice with a plaque honoring his 15 years on the panel. Photo: Genevieve Reilly / Fairfield Citizen
    Conservation Commission Chairman Kevin Gumpper presents Frank Rice with a plaque honoring his 15 years on the panel. Photo: Genevieve Reilly

 

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Two former long-serving members of the Conservation Commission were honored by the board at its Thursday night meeting.

Frank Rice served 10 years on the commission as a full member and five years as an alternate. The retired Fairfield University biology professor also compiled a guide book to the walking and hiking trails in the town's open space properties. It was released in 2009, and Rice said he undertook the project not only to encourage use and enjoyment of the open spaces, but also to promote environmental stewardship.

Rice was given a plaque recognizing his service as well as another surprise -- dedication of the Salt Marsh trail, that runs behind the Fairfield Senior Center, in his name. A sign to mark that designation will be installed at the trail.

Also honored was Milan Bull, another 10-year member of the commission. Bull is also the senior director of science and conservation for the Connecticut Audubon Society.

Chairman Kevin Gumpper described the two as the "backbone of the commission."

"It was a lot of fun," Bull said. "I met a lot of new people through the commission."