Berlin Land Trust honors young outdoorsman

Berlin Land Trust honors young outdoorsman

Since 1996, the Berlin Land Trust has presented the Cancellarini Service Award to a graduating Berlin High School senior who has demonstrated an active interest in conservation and environmental studies.

The Berlin Land Trust is proud to announce that Brandon Peate is the 2019 recipient.

Peate is an extraordinary student who has demonstrated leadership and active interest in conservation and the natural world. He is an active hiker, rock climber and environmental advocate, who accomplished several important projects to improve Berlin High School.

As part of his Eagle Scout project, Peate constructed two 40-foot flower beds and filled them with organic potting soil that he transported to the site by wheelbarrow.

Also, he filled a 50-foot drainage ditch on high school property that no longer served a purpose. He filled the ditch with dirt and planted grass over the pit. He found the resources to add three picnic tables to the area for students to sit outside and enjoy the natural world.

Our community is a better place because of his efforts.

Peate’s love of the natural world is inspired and nurtured by Doug Tuitt, director of Berlin Social & Youth Services. Peate participated in three extensive canoeing trips and two backing trips throughout the Northeast led by Tuitt.

Closer to home, Peate frequently hikes on the Berlin Land Trust properties. His favorite is the Ragged Mountain Parcel that was donated to the Land Trust by Earl H. Wicklund in 2002.

“I appreciate the Berlin Land Trust’s care of parts of Ragged Mountain. I have been rock climbing on a few different faces, and it is one of my favorite hikes,” said Peate.

Peate will attend Hofstra University, with the goal of becoming a doctor specializing in neuroscience. He became interested in the field because of his personal experience with Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, an affliction affecting the nervous system.

Peate’s doctor inspired him to help others with the disease and to find a cure. 

“Part of the Berlin Land Trust mission is to support a graduating senior from Berlin,” said Dennis Kern, land trust president. “The Cancellarini Award allows us to invest directly in the education of future leaders, as well as show them the support of their community. We are extremely proud of all Brandon has accomplished and are honored that the Berlin Land Trust can contribute to his education. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for Brandon.” 

If you are interested in donating to the Cancellarini program and supporting future leaders of Berlin, email or call 860-828-4393.