Mel Finn, a Miami attorney who identified 43 different orchids in the Fakahatchee, campaigned to make the territory a preserve. That finally happened in 1974. The award in his name is given by the Friends annually if an appropriate winner is identified. Bill Mesce certainly deserved it this year. He was a founding member of the Friends, has led swamp walks since they were initiated, and volunteered numerous hours to help the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park over many years. To learn more about Friends of Fakahatchee, see www.orchidswamp.org.