Jun 09

Jeff Ollerhead ~ 2022 BoFEP Environmental Stewardship Award Winner

In 2004 the Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership created an award to recognize the significant efforts of individuals in promoting and advancing the environmental stewardship of the Bay of Fundy, reflecting the Mission Statement and Guiding Principles of BoFEP.  BoFEP is proud and delighted to announce that the 2022 Environmental Stewardship Award will be presented at the ACCESS/BoFEP Conference in Truro, NS to Dr. Jeff Ollerhead.

Jeff is a professor in the Department of Environment and Geography at Mount Allison University who where he has worked for more than 25 years. He also served as Provost and Vice-President Academic and Research from 2016-2020.

 As a coastal geomorphologist specializing in beaches and salt marshes, he has been particularly involved in designing and monitoring salt marsh restoration efforts in the upper Bay of Fundy. He has long been an advocate of maintaining and restoring salt marshes as natural shoreline protection features rather than simply armouring coasts with inflexible rock barriers.  He worries that too much of New Brunswick might end up with fixed concrete retaining walls to hold the ocean back — something he refers to as the “New Jersey-fication” of the coastline.

Jeff, a staunch supported of BoFEP almost since its inception, is unquestionably a worthy candidate for this special recognition and we in BoFEP extend our warm thanks to him for all his past and ongoing efforts on behalf of the Bay of Fundy and its unique and vulnerable ecosystems.