W.T. Hornaday Distinguished Conservation Service Unit Award

W.T. Hornaday Distinguished Conservation Service Unit Award

The W.T. Hornaday Distinguished Conservation Service Unit Award was originally introduced in 1940. For units to qualify for this recognition requires at least 60% of its membership to participate in a significant large scale conservation project in the local ecosystem.  In Fall 2019, after multiple work weekends Troop 562 was able to get more scouts and parents involved in this volunteer service project than ever before.
In the past 80 years only 1,024 units have achieved this special recognition for their large scale efforts to help improve the environment.  Last year, Troop 562 was one of only 24 other units around the United States that earned the special Distinguished Conservation Service Unit Award.  The only other Troop across the entire Gulf Coast Council on record to have previously earned this prestigious W. T. Hornaday Distinguished Conservation Service Unit Award was Troop 106 in Navarre back in 2006.  
Troop 562 becomes only the 2nd Troop in over 80 years to receive this prestigious honor for their volunteer efforts to protect our local habitat & environment in our Council.  All scouts and families that participated in this important effort to help restore the environment around Western Lake should truly be proud of this remarkable effort and acknowledgement. 
In 2019, Troop 562 set out to help make a difference in our local community at Grayton Beach State Park (GBSP), by removing a couple hundred yards of boardwalk in a low lying area of Western Coastal Dune Lake in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.
The park staff and volunteers had attempted to remove this boardwalk multiple times over the years with limited success due to the time required, manpower, and overall workload to not only get this removed but disposed of properly. 
This clearly shows that this was a team effort and this BSA Troop 562 is capable of doing anything when they work together.  This time it was a great win for the Santa Rosa Beach community, Grayton Beach State Park, and our local ecosystem.  We also want to thank Matt Allen and his rangers for their support and help to make this a success! 

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