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Conservationist of the Year

Conservationist of the Year Award

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has presented the Conservationist of the Year Award since 1984 to recognize significant conservation efforts. 

Ausable Bayfield Conservation plants a tree and installs a plaque at a Commemorative Woods site maintained by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation.

Individuals, organizations or companies who have completed conservation work within the ABCA region, can be nominated for the Conservationist of the Year Award. Current ABCA staff members and directors are excluded.

The Conservation Award acknowledges one individual or group per year who demonstrates positive conservation principles. The nominee must have undertaken conservation efforts over a number of years that have shown long-term benefits for the natural environment and society.

Examples of conservation work that protects soil, water, and living things, include:

  • Improving local water quality
  • Conservation farming
  • Reforestation
  • Environmental education
  • Providing wildlife and fish habitat
  • Promoting environmental awareness and action
Nomination Form

Thank you for all your nominations, for this award, in 2024!

In 2025, we will post a new nomination form.

Please send the nomination form prior to the deadline to:

Tim Cumming, Communications Specialist,
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), 71108 Morrison Line,
RR 3 Exeter, ON N0M 1S5 at ; Facsimile: 519.235.1963

Partner Appreciation and Conservation Awards Evening

You are invited to the annual Partner Appreciation Evening at Ironwood Golf Club on Thursday, March 21, 2024.

Download the poster now:

Award Winners

The Conservationist of the Year Award winner, in 2024, was Michael and Lindsay Groot and family.


A list of previous award winners is included in the nomination form.

A winner for this year will be announced at the Partner Appreciation Evening on Thursday, March 21, 2024.


Please contact Communications Specialist Tim Cumming or 519-235-2610, or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, extension 248 for additional information about the award and the names of past recipients. 

New Web Page

Ausable Bayfield Conservation has made some changes to the website.

This web page, for the Conservationist of the Year Award and Partner Appreciation Evening, is located in our new Get Involved Section.

It replaces the former conservation award web page on our former Community and Volunteers section.