Conservation cannot be achieved by a single individual. The DiCienzo family would like to recognize Earl Plato (October 1931-December 2017) for his contributions to Marcy’s Woods. A noted historian and naturalist, Earl’s rich legacy continues today in part to the knowledge he shared with visitors to Marcy’s Woods. Well known in the communities of Ridgeway and Fort Erie, Earl led guided tours of Marcy’s Woods to those who also admired its significance. He was the founding member of the Bert Miller Nature Club, and the Bertie Historical Society, and was the recipient of life time achievement awards for his work in both nature and history. His impact continues to be felt through his many books and newspaper articles, and the enthusiasm he shared with visitors to the nature reserve.