Boy Scout Leader Recognized for Conservation Work in Wisconsin
By Tina Shaw
Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy recently recognized the conservation work of Friends of St. Croix Wetland Management District board member Greg Scheder with a commendation. The ceremony was held at Lakefront Park in Hudson, Wisc.
Instrumental in making the St. Croix Wetland Management District Conservation Day on the WPA Program a success, Scheder was the 2012 District Volunteer of the Year, as well as the Boy Scouts of America Hornaday Award winner.
“Greg is very deserving of the Hornaday Award and Congressional recognition,” commented St. Croix Wetland Management District Project Leader Tom Kerr.
Scout and troop leaders worked hand in hand to clear non-native species like buckthorn, aspen and prickly ash. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo by Tina Shaw)
“Greg's efforts have resulted in scout involvement in habitat restoration projects across our District lands, but more importantly more than 500 scouts, parents, and local community members have come to appreciate their waterfowl production areas,” said Kerr.
The Hornaday Award is a great honor in the scouting world and recognizes a long-term commitment to conservation by adult volunteers across the country. The award highlights the influence that nominees have on youth and educational programs over a sustained period of time. Sound natural resources stewardship and efforts to improve environmental quality over a three year period are the foundation of this award.
Eagle River District Chair of the Northern Star Council Steve Wojan is very pleased that Scheder is being recognized, saying “All of the scouts and their leaders in western Wisconsin are proud of Greg and his recognition from the Boy Scouts of America as a recipient of the Hornaday Award.”
The Eagle River District engages youth from across Polk, Burnnet, St. Croix, and Pierce counties in Wisconsin and the City of Hastings, Minn.
Scheder is a resident of Somerset, Wis. and has been spearheading the Scouts involvement in the Conservation Day on the WPA project. This service-learning partnership project with the Eagle River District of the Boy Scouts of America, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service St. Croix Wetland Management District and the Friends of the St. Croix Wetland Management District got real restoration work done and provided scouts with valuable life lessons.
Conservation Day is a field day designed to introduce scouts of all ages to issues related to habitat restoration and invasive species management through field based interpretation and hands-on programs. Over the course of three years more than 1,000 people have attended this event.
To learn more about the Hornaday Award visit: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Awards_Central/WTHGoldBadge.aspx