The final logo needs to communicate 3 key elements all relating back to the Title.
A. Kickapoo. The Kickapoo Valley watershed. Should be represented by karst topography and a deep ravine river valley. See http://kickapooearthday.wordpress.com
B. Community. The stakeholders of the valley's diverse resources should be represented by a hand or the vague shape of a hand as can be seen in the included concept sketch.
C. Sanctuary. While this word refers to all living creatures in the valley, we've chosen the Cerulian Warbler, a key indicator species (think Canary in a cool mine) to represent creatures of the valley.
The tagline is "We Call it Home"
The attached concept is a clear representation of what we are after with each of the 3 elements sharing equal space. The hand can be implied, as in the river can turn into a branch that looks like a hand. The Warbler can be scaled a bit for realism then and the only request is that he look "cute". Should be a distinct river and some representation of valley walls.
I'm not a big fan of gradients and the simpler the design the better in my mind. 3 colors max.
I have to submit T-shirt and PostCard designs with the new logo next week, so this is a hot one.