A former Bancroft Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry employee has been named the 2016 Ontario Conservation Officer of the Year.

Mark Lamont, who currently works for the Pembroke Enforcement Unit, received the award on Saturday, during the Ontario Conservation Officers Association annual general meeting.

The OCOA says Lamont, who has been a conservation officer for 16 years, is also the recipient of the OCOA and North American Wildlife Enforcement Association’s Certificate of Valor.

Along with being the lead officer in many complex investigations, the association says Lamont is a great mentor for current and aspiring conservation officers.

Lamont has also been presented with the awards for the MNRF’s Officer of the Year, and the Shikar-Safari Club International Wildlife Officer of the Year.

Written by: Andreas Pandikiu