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Barrons Receives Ron Scott Stewardship Award

The Ron Scott Stewardship Award recognizes Ron Scott’s 20+ years of service to conservation in our local watershed community. The award is presented annually to a student in the Specialist High Skills Major Program in Forestry at Norwood District High School, the school where Ron taught for 18 years.

Richard Raper, OCF President, congratulates Cody Barrons, the 2015 recipient of the Ron Scott Stewardship Award.

Richard Raper, OCF President, congratulates Cody Barrons, the 2015 recipient of the Ron Scott Stewardship Award.

Ron Scott was first appointed to the Board of Directors of the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority in 1986 representing the Township of Asphodel; he served as Vice-Chair in 1990 and as Chair of the Board in 1991 and 1992. Scott was also a member of the Authority’s Water Management Advisory Board from 1986-’93 and served as its Chair from 1987-’89. Scott was one of the architects of the Trent Conservation Coalition, a partnership of five Conservation Authorities (Crowe Valley, Ganaraska Region, Kawartha Region, Lower Trent and Otonabee Conservation Authorities) working together to assist in the development of local source water protection plans.

In 1991 Scott joined the Board of the Otonabee Region Conservation Foundation, serving as Chair from 1998-2006. Scott plays a key role in the Foundation’s acquisition of significant wetland and woodland areas, advancing youth education and fund-raising.

In 2003 Scott was recognized as a “Conservation Pioneer” at the annual A. D. Latornell Conservation Symposium. This is one of the most prestigious conservation awards in Ontario. Ron has also been recognized for his work in the community with the Norwood Lions Club, the Norwood Horticultural Society, Norwood United Church and the Donegal Fiddlers.

The Ron Scott Stewardship Award is presented to a student, of the NDHS Forestry program, to help them move into the forest industry after they graduate, whether they move directly into the workplace, qualify for apprenticeships, attend university programs related to forestry, or pursue college diplomas in a forestry-related field. The forestry sector is a leading employer in Ontario and the Otonabee Conservation Foundation is pleased to support a program that teaches environmentally responsible forest management founded in science.