IMG 6282 640From left: Vermilion Lake Association President Terry Grosshauser and Diane Schwartz-Williams, Executive Director, Lake of the Woods District Stewardship AssociationThe Vermilion Lake Association and the Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association were each recipients of the 2019 Wilson Stewardship Award, recognizing their outstanding contributions to environmental stewardship in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed.

The Wilson Awards were presented to each Association by the Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation on behalf of the 160 researchers, resource managers and water stewards from the United States and Canada attending the 2019 International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum in International Falls, MN.

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The Wilson Stewardship Award is presented annually by the Foundation to individuals, groups, or projects that have made significant contributions to environmental stewardship in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed through:

  • Education, outreach, civic engagement and participation in stewardship initiatives or program development.
  • Projects or programs focused on protection, restoration, preservation or reduction of environmental impact and development of sustainable practices.

The 2019 Wilson Stewardship Award will be presented on the evening of March 13 at the Foundation Reception during the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum, in International Falls, Minnesota.

This award is named in honour of its first recipient, Gerry Wilson, in recognition of her contributions to lake stewardship including development of volunteer monitoring programs, civic engagement and education and cooperative approaches between the public, universities and government agencies.

The selection committee for the Wilson Award consists of water stewardship community leaders from both Canada and the United States. At the recommendation of the selection committee, the Foundation presents the Wilson Award annually at the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum.

Previous Wilson Award recipients:

  • 2019 – Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association and The Vermilion Lake Association
  • 2018 – White Iron Chain of Lakes Association (WICOLA)
  • 2017 – Not awarded
  • 2016 – Todd Sellers, LOWWSF
  • 2015 – Dale & Phyllis Callaghan, Rainy Lake Conservancy
  • 2014 – Dyke Williams, MN and Lake of the Woods Canada
  • 2013 – Kelli Saunders, LOWWSF / K. Saunders Environmental Management
  • 2012 – Gerry Wilson, Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association