Nominations are open through July 31 for the Cox Conserves Heroes program, offered by Cox Enterprises and The Trust for Public Land. According to a press release, the program honors environmental volunteers who create, preserve or enhance outdoor spaces in their communities, and whose activity inspires others to engage in community conservation. A $10,000 grant will be awarded to a finalist from the Wood River Valley to donate to the environmental nonprofit of his or her choice.

    The program accepts nominations in nine states, including Idaho. A panel of local and environmental leaders will also select a winner from the Cox market area in each state. The winners will then become candidates for a national title.

    The awards are given by the James M. Cox Foundation. The foundation will also award $50,000 to the national winner’s nonprofit of choice.

    The public can nominate volunteers by completing a brief online form on The public can vote for the national title and corresponding $50,000 prize beginning Oct. 1.

    Over the past 11 years, the Cox Conserves Heroes program has contributed nearly $1 million to environmental nonprofits and honored more than 200 volunteers across the country, the release states.

    In the Wood River Valley, the Cox Conserves Heroes program is supported by Cox Communications, which provides telecommunications and entertainment services to residences and businesses.

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