Dr. Arthur Herbert Richardson: the Father of Conservation Authorities in Ontario

Dr. Richardson (1890 – 1971): a pioneering and exceptional scholar, communicator, forest engineer and conservatongreen networker.

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A recent Toronto and Region Conservation Authority video celebrates their 60th anniversary and acknowledges Richardson’s contribution.

The citizens of Ontario deserve strong, adequately funded, and independent conservation authorities.

The conservation authority movement in Ontario is world renowned, and professionals and parliamentarians from other provinces, the United States, the United Kingdom, and other parts of the world have come to study it. Unique in Canada until 1970, the program has proved so effective that it is now being emulated in two other provinces – Manitoba and Quebec.

— A. H. Richardson, Conservation by the People: The History of the Conservation Movement in Ontario to 1970, University of Toronto Press, 1974.



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