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Ausable Bayfield Conservation calls for nominations from community for Conservationist of the Year Award

Ausable Bayfield Conservation has celebrated seven decades of partnerships (1946 to 2016) in its 70th anniversary year. The local conservation authority, for more than 30 of those years, has honoured local Conservationists of the Year. The annual award returns in 2017. The nomination deadline is Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has presented the award since 1984. The ABCA is inviting you to nominate a person, farm, business, or organization doing positive work in the local watershed community. “I would like to thank all the municipalities and individuals who have nominated someone for this award in past years,” said Brian Horner, General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). “I also invite you to consider nominating a person, farm, business, or organization for the coming year.”

Past winners of the Conservationist of the Year Award include rural landowners and residents, farms, service clubs, community organizations, companies, nature groups, and municipalities. Each award winner is a business, organization, or person residing in the watershed or having done conservation work there.

The nomination form and award guidelines are available on the Ausable Bayfield Conservation website at Simply type in ‘award’ in the search box at the top of the home page and then press ‘Search’ to find the page. Or, you can go directly to the page at this link:

The award is to be presented on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Ironwood Golf Club, 70969 Morrison Line, 2 km east of Exeter. The Conservationist of the Year receives a framed limited-edition conservation print as a prize and the conservation authority also makes a donation towards a tree and plaque at a Commemorative Woods site maintained by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation.

Current Ausable Bayfield Conservation staff and directors are not eligible for the award. Call 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email if you would like more information about the award.
It is because of community partnerships that work can be completed for the benefit of water, soil, and living things, said Horner. “The Conservationist of the Year Award is a way we say thanks and to honour the community partners who make it all possible,” he said.