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Seeking conservation award nominations

Nominate a person, farm, business, organization, for community group as Conservationist of the Year Nominee.


Ausable Bayfield Conservation invites public to nominate person, farm, business or organization for conservation award
Conservationist of the Year Award winner to be recognized at March 21, 2019 evening to honour partners in conservation; Conservation authority has presented annual award for 35 years

Do you know a person, business, farm, or group doing great work to protect water, soil, and living things in Ausable Bayfield watersheds? If so, Ausable Bayfield Conservation invites you to nominate them for the Conservationist of the Year Award. To submit a nomination, visit for the nomination form and award information or visit the office east of Exeter at 71108 Morrison Line for a printed copy of the form.

For nomination form please visit the Conservationist of the Year Award web page:

The local conservation authority is accepting nominations for the award until Friday, February 15, 2019. The award winner will be recognized at the Partner Appreciation Evening, an early-evening event to be held at Ironwood Golf Club, on Thursday, March 21, 2019 to show appreciation for conservation partners.

“If you know a person, farm, business, or organization doing positive things in your watershed community, I invite you to nominate them,” said Brian Horner, General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). “I appreciate all the individuals and municipalities who have nominated someone for this award in past years.” 

Ausable Bayfield Conservation has recognized outstanding achievements in conservation, each year since 1984, with conservation awards. Last year was the 35th year for the award. Each award winner is a business, farm, organization, or person in the watershed or having done conservation work there. Past award winners have included rural landowners and residents, agricultural producers and farms, service clubs, community organizations, companies, nature groups, and municipalities. Rick Quinn and Diane Hawthorne, of the Denfield area in Middlesex County, and their family, were winners of the Ausable Bayfield Conservationist of the Year Award in 2018. 

“I thank all the people taking positive actions in their community for water, soil, and living things and this award is one way we can say thank you,” said Horner.

Current Ausable Bayfield Conservation staff and directors are not eligible for the award. Visit or call 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email if you would like more information about the award.

The nomination form is at this link:

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.

“I would like to thank all the people who have provided nominations for this award over the years and for all the wonderful watershed stewards who have been nominated in previous years,” Horner said. “It is always a challenge for the judging panel to select a single winner as there are many worthy nominees each year,” he said. “I thank all those people and groups who help to conserve and protect our watershed resources year after year and who are all worthy of consideration for an award like this even though there is only one winner recognized each year.” 

Ausable Bayfield Conservation will make an offsetting donation to Carbon Footprints to Forests ( on behalf of everyone who attends the Partners in Conservation Evening on March 21. Trees will be planted locally, and maintained for the long term, to capture the equivalent of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) produced in travel to the event.

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