Haliburton Highlands Land Trust has announced this year’s Enviro-Hero’s and four of Haliburton County’s finest are receiving the awards. The following are the list of recipients, provided by Executive Director, Larry O’Connor:

Mikaela Kauffeldt, a graduate of Wilberforce Public School, who as a grade 7 student organized a clean-up of her school and the entire Municipality of Highlands East.

Paul McInnis has been nominated by Minden Hills, for his tireless efforts to clean up our lakes, and for his work in educating and encouraging waterfront homeowners to make positive changes to improve the health of our lakes. Paul’s approach to waters stewardship mirrors the model of the Land Trust in conserving forests, flora, fauna or mineral resources.

Mark Brohm, no stranger to Dysart et al residents, is affectionately known as the ‘Lord of the Landfill’ or King of Recycling. Residents who visit the Haliburton Landfill recognize Mark, not only from his cheerful manner of assisting residents and visitors to the landfill site, but also from his film debut in 2012 in “Trash Talk”, and as the key person behind extending the life of our landfill.

Walter Ozog, a nominee from Algonquin Highlands, is the President of Ski Friends of the Frost Centre. Wally, as he is known by his friends, has logged over a thousand hours of volunteer time helping local charities from fundraising to maintaining trails.  Wally’s healthy lifestyle exemplifies what the Land Trust hopes visitors to the Haliburton Highlands find when they visit our properties like the hiking trails of the Dahl Forest.

Enviro-Heroes are people in our community who are recognized for their efforts to make Haliburton County a greener place to live, says O’Connor. The Land Trust has been recognizing Enviro-heroes for several years. The award goes out to individuals, businesses or organizations who contribute to protecting and sustaining our natural resources and environment through education, stewardship, healthy living, green business or the arts.

This year’s “Wild About Nature” Gala is on September 28 at Bonnie View Inn where these individuals will be recognized.