Bill Arnold has made a dedication to conservation a significant aspect in his life.

The Kent resident was recognized for his efforts recently by the Connecticut Land Conservation Council.

The Katchen Coley Award for Excellence in Conservation award, presented during CLCC's annual conference, was given to Arnold.

The council recognizes individuals whose longterm commitment to conservation has furthered the work of one or more conservation organizations and inspires others working to support land preservation and environmental causes.

The award is named in memory of Katchen Coley (1924-2003), a longtime CLCC steering committee member and activist for environmental and social causes.

The council recognized Arnold for his outstanding contributions since joining the Kent Land Trust board in 2004, including his work to build organizational capacity, forge collaborative relationships with community organizations and land trust peers, and lead KLT through the process of land trust accreditation.

Further highlighted was Arnold's work in connection with the trust'ss East Kent Hamlet Nature Preserve, opened August 2014, as an example of his unflagging commitment to the trust and to the public.

Upon receiving the award, Arnold expressed his gratitude to the communities of Kent and Warren for their support for open space preservation and for the East Kent Hamlet Nature Preserve.

He also thanked the trust's board of directors for its diligence and dedication.

In connection with the award, Gov. Dannel Malloy issued an official statement in honor of Arnold, thanking him for exemplary passion, enthusiasm and vigor in working to maintain Kent's historically rural quality of life.