Parks Canada honours SAMPAA President
with its' highest award for volunteerism and conservation - the Key to Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site of Canada.
By Stephen Flemming, Parks Canada Agency
On Saturday 5 December, 2009 at Caledonia Nova Scotia, we celebrated the fourth annual volunteer appreciation night for The Greater Kejimkujik Ecosystem. To the best of our knowledge, this effort is one of the largest volunteer contributions to conservation in Canada. This is the third year in a row where we have topped 10,000 hours of effort
in hands-on monitoring and conservation actions.
Dr. Tom Herman has been a prominent figure in the Kejimkujik area for many years. His leadership and ability to empower students and average citizens, alike, created the fertile ground to build a broad-based conservation program for the region. He has been an active researcher in the Kejimkujik area for decades, and among other things, was instrumental in the formation of the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute. He continues to be an inspiration to many that have taken-up his cause, which has resulted in the building of a major conservation movement in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve. Several species at risk, including
Tom's beloved Blanding's turtle, are the beneficiaries of this conservation ground-swell. If that were not enough, Tom continues to contribute his volunteer time to this effort, leading by example, as he has always done.
For these reasons, and for many other contributions to Kejimkujik and conservation in Nova Scotia, Parks Canada honoured Dr. Herman with its' highest award for volunteerism and conservation - the Key to Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site of Canada. Congratulations !
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