Antrim resident the recipient of the prestigious John F. Morten Award for Exemplary Lakes Stewardship!
Concord, N.H., August 14, 2015 – Robin Loveland, founder, past President (and current member) of the Franklin Pierce Lake Association, was awarded the John F. Morten Award for Exemplary Lakes Stewardship at the association’s annual meeting on August 8th, in Manahan Park alongside beautiful Franklin Pierce Lake in Antrim, NH.
The Morten Award was established in 2002 in memory of the late John F. Morten (1914-1989), in recognition of his lifelong work to protect New Hampshire’s lakes and ponds. It was his vision and grassroots efforts that led to the creation of the statewide New Hampshire Lakes Association (NH LAKES). This award is NH LAKES highest award, given to the person who has had the greatest impact on the protection of lakes and ponds in New Hampshire.
NH has almost 1,000 lakes and ponds that are in the public trust and the protection and stewardship of these water resources often falls to the people who live closest to them; the people, the communities and the businesses that most rely on them and enjoy them. Susan Goodwin, Chair of NH LAKES Board of Directors said, “it is people like Robin – one of thousands of volunteers across the state – that keep our lakes clean and the special places they are for everyone living in or visiting NH. And, although Robin is one volunteer among many, her work has truly been exemplary.”
Robin single-handedly pioneered the founding of the Franklin Pierce Lake Association in 2009 and served as its first President and chief volunteer. She recruited her family, friends and neighbors from around the lake, networked with the NH Department of Environmental Services (NH DES) and other state agencies, contacted NH LAKES, implemented a water quality sampling and monitoring program, a weed mapping and monitoring program, a Lake Host program (providing courtesy boat inspections to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive plants and animals), and launched the association’s website. She was the driving force behind the creation of a very effective lake stewardship organization.
Tom O’Brien, President of NH LAKES, presented the Morten Award to Robin at her association’s meeting and noted in his remarks that, in addition to all the work that Robin did to create the lake association, she went one step further. “Robin did for the Franklin Pierce Lake Association one of the most important things that any leader can do,” said Tom, “she found her replacement. One of the best things that we can do as leaders,” said Tom, “whether we are a Board member, a program volunteer, or an executive, is to help find your replacement. And that is what Robin did; she recruited the next association President and for me that is what separated her from so many other worthy volunteers.”