John F. Morten Award

Creation of the John F. Morten Award for Exemplary Lakes Stewardship

John F. MortenIn September 2002, a special award was created in honor 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 helped create the Lakes Region Federation, which later became the New Hampshire Lakes Association upon its merger with the New Hampshire Lakes Legislative Coalition. It was John Morten who saw the value of a statewide umbrella organization to represent lake interests with both the legislature and state agencies.

Mr. Morten exemplified selfless dedication to the lakes he loved so much, giving generously of his time, talents, and financial resources to help protect them.

He was a person who made things happen—at once the creative idea man, leader, and activist who was organized, determined, and persistent in the achievement of any task.

It is in tribute to his vision, dedication, commitment and vigor that the New Hampshire Lakes Association established the John F. Morten Memorial Award for Exemplary Lakes Stewardship.

John F. Morten Award Recipients

2002   State Senator Carl Johnson (Meredith)
2003   Laura and John Nichols (Wolfeboro)
2004   Nancy Earle (South Conway)
2005   William B. Martin, Jr. (Enfield)
2006   W. Wallace Francis (Nelson)
2007   Courtland Cross (New London)
2008   Hallock Richards (Moultonborough)
2009   Philip Parsons (Sandwich)
2010   Shirley and Glyn Green (Enfield)
2011   John (‘Jack’) Sheehan (New London)
2012   Richard (‘Dick’) Clayton (New London)
2013   Tom Duffy (Nottingham)
2014   Marge and Dave Thorpe (Meredith)
2015   Robin Loveland (Antrim)
2016   William (Bill) Schroeder (Windham)
2017   John B. Wilson (New London)

Call for Nominations

To download a nomination form:

To submit your form online:

Nominations for 2019 are due by June 1, 2019.

The eligible candidate(s) should possess any one or several of the following characteristics:

  • Exemplify the values, commitment and hard work that John Morten brought to the cause of lake protection
  • Serve as a model of an exemplary lake steward by the way he/she lives and acts
  • Unselfish giving of time, talent and/or treasure to protect New Hampshire’s lakes and ponds
  • Notable achievements as a practicing lake educator
  • Manifested vision and foresight in developing long term solutions to long term problems related to New Hampshire’s public waters.