Pole wins key award for protecting forest valley

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish conservationist has won a key environment prize for leading a campaign that stopped a giant expressway from cutting through one of the Europe's last swaths of undisturbed wilderness.

Malgorzata Gorska, an activist with the Polish Society for the Protection of Birds, was named one of six winners of this year's Goldman Environmental Prize, a $150,000 (euro110,000) cash award informally known as the "Green Nobel."

The 35-year-old was recognized for her leadership in harnessing European Union regulations to stop the planned expressway from cutting through the Rospuda Valley.

The valley contains a peat bog surrounded by a virgin pine forest that is home to eagles, wolves, lynx and wild orchids.