Each year the Otsego County Conservation Association presents its Conservationist of the Year Award to an individual, citizens’ group/grassroots organization (without 501(c)(3) standing), governmental body, non-profit organization (with 501(c)(3) standing) or business that has made a positive difference in environmental protection, preservation or education in Otsego County. In regard to individuals nominated, preference will be given to Otsego County residents. Volunteer efforts are key to this award.
Nominations may be made by individuals, citizens’ groups/grassroots organizations (without 501(c)(3) standing), governmental bodies, non-profit organizations (with 501 (c)(3) standing) or businesses. Areas of interest for nomination are:
- Water quality protection/improvement
- Wetland preservation
- Stream improvement work
- Stream/lake/river clean-ups
- Riparian buffer or tree plantings
- Recycling efforts
- Open space recreation enhancement (non-motorized)
- Land-use planning efforts
- Soil conservation efforts
No monetary award is given to the recipient of the award; however the recipient(s) are guests of OCCA at the annual picnic and publicly recognized at the event.