Tue, June 25

Keep Sedona Beautiful honors Max Licher

Max Licher

Max Licher

Keep Sedona Beautiful, Inc. presented the fifth Norman B. Herkenham Award to Max Licher on Saturday, March 19, at the 32nd annual Native Plant Workshop.

This award is given to people, businesses, or organizations that further the education and implementation of native plant landscaping. The Native Plant Workshop was originally created in 1978 by the late Maleese Black who was one of the founders of Keep Sedona Beautiful. Norman Herkenham ran the workshops over the next 20 years. He served as President of Keep Sedona Beautiful and worked with Friends of the Forest years ago when they first organized. He is known as the Father of the Sedona Trail and was the first recipient of the Award.

Max Licher, the recipient of this year's prestigious award, is a local architect who has been a resident of Sedona for 28 years. He has been involved as a community planning volunteer, working for many years as an organizer of the Sedona Forum, and most recently as Chair of the City's Transit Task Force. He has had a lifelong interest in nature, and has focused this interest primarily in the area of native plants.

After early training with Jean Searle and Norm Herkenham, he has gone on to document the native and naturalized flora of Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon which consists of approximately 1200 species within the Amendment 12 boundaries, and has made this work available on the Southwest Environmental Information Network, or "SEINet", a website created by a National Science Foundation Grant at Arizona State University.

In addition to the documentation of these plants with herbarium specimens, he has photographed most of them, and is in the process of posting these in the SEINet web database.

He is also helping coordinate the Plant Atlas Project of Arizona (PAPAZ), which trains amateur botanists in collecting techniques and organizing documentation efforts in a number of critical areas in northern Arizona. He has volunteered with the Nature Conservancy, USFS, and NAU, and serves as a resource person for the identification of plants for agency and institutional personnel.

In addition, he and his wife, Clare, have an interest in plant medicines, and distill essential oils from a number of our local native species.

Dedicated to "Preserving the Wonder" of Sedona, KSB's education and advocacy activities and goals range from land preservation to litter lifting.