Bluegrass Land Conservancy recognized Edward S. “Ned” Bonnie as “Land Conservationist of the Year” on October 6th, during our first annual Bluegrass Farm-to-Table Dinner at historic Ashbourne Farms in Oldham County, Kentucky.
Mr. Bonnie is the inaugural recipient of the award that recognizes efforts of individuals who make the most significant contribution to land protection and natural resource protection in Kentucky, including the Bluegrass region. The award was accepted on his behalf by his widow, Nina and their sons, Shelby and Robert.
Mr. Bonnie was an integral part of the land conservation community in Kentucky for more than 50 years. As a founding Board Member of the Harrods Creek Land Trust, and later the Limestone Land Trust, he sought to protect land through active land use advocacy. In 2012, Mr. Bonnie and his wife Nina placed a conservation easement on their property at Stonelea Farm, permanently protecting 524 acres of land in the Harrods Creek watershed. He passed away in March, 2018.
According to Austin Musselman, Jr., Vice-Chair of the Bluegrass Land Conservancy board of directors and longtime friend of Mr. Bonnie, “Ned was a true pioneer of land conservation in Kentucky. Conversations with my grandmother, Sally Brown, led to a permanent conservation easement on Ashbourne Farms – one of the first easements in Kentucky.” He continued, “Bluegrass Land Conservancy is thrilled to honor Ned and his enduring legacy with the Land Conservationist of the Year award.”
In addition to Mr. Bonnie, owners of conserved properties in Woodford, Henry, Oldham, Nelson, Scott, Robertson, Marion, and Washington counties were also honored for their conservation efforts.