Zechariah Barton of Lehighton was awarded the Forest Conservation award. Barton is a member of the Lehighton Boy Scout Troop 145.

The Forest Conservation award is bestowed to a scout that has earned the Forestry Merit badge and two other related badges such as Bird Study, Weather, Insect Study, Wilderness Survival, Wood Carving, and Nature, to name a few.

Frank P. Snyder, service forester for the Bureau of Forestry, State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and his Scoutmaster Ben Gluck presented the award to Barton at their troop building in the Mahoning Valley.

The Forest Conservation Award program is sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry. The award recognizes scouts that show an interest and desire to learn more about the forest resources in Pennsylvania.

The Bureau of Forestry has enlisted the help of the Hawk Mountain Council to promote the program.

Frank P. Snyder, service forester for the Weiser Forest District of DNCR, Bureau of Forestry, said Barton earned the Forestry, Environmental Science, Mammal Study, Soil and Water Conservation, Geology and Wood Carving Merit badges to be bestowed the award.