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Oxford County Stewardship Award

Each year, the Oxford County Stewardship Award is awarded to a land owner in Oxford County that makes voluntary efforts to help protect the quality of the County’s natural environment (soil, water, woodlands and other natural features).

Finalists are selected from the projects approved through the Clean Water Program each year. Landowners who participate in the program can apply for incentive funding for:

  • Woodlands and wetlands conservation and enhancement
  • Soil erosion prevention and remediation
  • Various measures to protect surface and ground water
  • Fragile land retirement
  • Other conservation initiatives
stewardship awards

Out of the finalists, a winner is chosen by judges from Stewardship Oxford and the Oxford Soil & Crop Improvement Association.
The winner of the Oxford County Stewardship Award is announced before County Council with the winner receiving a prize of local significance, in keeping with the theme of celebrating and supporting local achievement.

The Oxford Stewardship Award was established in 2009. It builds on the legacy of the former Landsaver Award, which was granted between 1982 and 2003 to recognize outstanding contributions by the farming community toward the conservation of land, water and air.

The development of a stewardship award to acknowledge the role rural landowners play in preserving natural heritage was one of the recommended actions in the Oxford Natural Heritage Study.