Steve Goodwin Recognized as Distinguished Alumni

March 4, 2019
Alumnus Steve Goodwin was recognized with the College’s Distinguished Alumni Award on March 2.

Congratulations to Alumnus Steve Goodwin (BS, Parks Recreation & Tourism Administration), who was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award for his leadership in the field of natural resources conservation and management at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Awards and Recognition program on March 2, 2019. 

The Distinguished Alumni Award gives public recognition to those who have brought distinction to themselves and the college at large through their participation, commitment and leadership. 

 Alumnus Steve Goodwin accepting the Distinguished Alumni Award at the CFAES recognition luncheon on March 2. Photo credit: Mark Dilley.

During the past 40 years in Ohio, Steve has been a leader in the field of natural resources conservation and management.

While at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Steve helped build the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves and helped establish the Ohio Scenic River Program. He was involved in the planning of three nationally-designated scenic rivers: the Little Miami River, Little Beaver Creek and Big Darby Creek.

Following his successful career with the state, Steve focused his efforts on the non-profit land trust community, serving in a variety of capacities with Appalachia Ohio Alliance, among others.

In 2015, Steve was presented with the prestigious Wildlife Conservation Award at the League of Ohio Sportsmen/Ohio Wildlife Federation Convention Conservation Awards Banquet for “outstanding achievement contributing to effective management, control, restoration or replenishment of wildlife resources in Ohio.”

He was one of the founding members of the Environment and Natural Resources Alumni Society and has served actively on the ENRAS Executive Council and in other capacities over the years. All the while, Steve has displayed a passion for protecting Ohio water and land resources.