New London Man Honored With Lake Stewardship Award

  • From left to right: Tom O’Brien, President of the New Hampshire Lakes Association; Stu Lord, Board Chair; John B. Wilson, Morten Award recipient; Peter Winship, Pleasant Lake Protective Association President. (Photograph courtesy of New Hampshire Lakes Association)

Valley News Correspondent
Sunday, August 13, 2017

New London — John B. Wilson of New London is being recognized by the New Hampshire Lakes Association with the John F. Morten Award for Exemplary Lake Stewardship.

Wilson, 75, lives on Pleasant Lake in New London and is a vocal advocate for protecting lakes across the state.

“I moved onto Pleasant Lake 45 years ago and have been obsessed and committed to keeping the quality of the lake ever since,” Wilson said. Wilson said he strives to keep the state’s lakes clear from pollution, invasive species, algae and other threats. “It’s an endless list,” he said.

Wilson served on the board of New Hampshire Lakes Association from 2011 to 2014, chairing the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee. He was an advocate for legislation to protect loons from lead fishing tackle. “John’s work on that bill was key to its passage and today our loons are even more protected than they were from lead fishing jigs and sinkers,” Tom O’Brien, president of the lakes association, said in a news release.

Wilson continues to serve on the advocacy committee and as vice president of the board of the Pleasant Lake Protective Association.

“John Wilson’s year-round dedication to Pleasant Lake, his work with the Pleasant Lake Protection Association, his board and committee service (to the New Hampshire Lakes Association), and his role in protecting all of the lakes of New Hampshire, made him our very best choice” for the award, O’Brien said in the release.