Ron Stewart Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
posted October 4, 2007
Last week, American Whitewater recognized Ron Stewart for his many contributions to river
stewardship - or more accurately steep creek stewardship. American Whitewater
presented Ron with an AW Lifetime Achievement Award at an AW event in Atlanta Georgia on September
28th, following a presentation on the many rivers and creeks Ron has sought to protect. The
honor comes with a framed and numbered William Nealy "mystery move" print.
Ron (pictured at right with Sutton Bacon and Kevin Colburn) has spent the past two decades working
to protect the rivers near his home in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ron has played instrumental
roles in securing releases on the Tallulah River, protecting over 10,000 acres along the classic
North Chickamauga Creek, protecting the Savage Gulf area from new dams and pipelines, and securing
access to North Georgia's Bear Creek and many Walden's Ridge creeks. Ron's passion for saving
these wonderful places and experiences was no doubt forged by his many first descents and
explorations throughout the southeast.
In addition to this impressive body of volunteer work, Ron has also introduced countless people to
the intricacies of creek boating through his high school math classes, paddling trips, and written
stories. Ron was an AW regional coordinator and board member during the majority of the
Ron is a true ambassador for the paddling community and has helped to make sure that the southeast
remains a region renown for its wild, remote, steep, and very special creeks for generations to
come. He is an inspiration to those of us working to protect wild rivers and to all of us
that enjoy them.
Thanks Ron, and Congratulations!