Bonita (Bonnie) Booth of Spencer was recently appointed to the Fisheries and Wildlife Board by Governor Deval Patrick to represent the Central District (Worcester County). Booth grew up on a family dairy farm and is still actively involved in farming. Her 20 years of natural resources training and experience began in 1987 when she was employed with the Worcester County Conservation District in Holden as the district administrator for Worcester County and the Buck Hill Conservation Education Center in Spencer. In 1992, she joined the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) staff in Holden. During that time Booth worked with Worcester County farmers and landowners to implement Best Management Practices mitigating environmental concerns and helping landowners develop conservation and forest management plans for their property. She was involved in implementing USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service Programs to address soil erosion, non-point source pollution programs, and administered other Farm Bill programs. Booth conducted Soils Evaluator workshops and partnered with the Massachusetts Watershed Coalition to provide outreach and education to landowners and communities about water quality issues. She also served on the Massachusetts Envirothon Steering Committee, a natural resource team competition for high school age students.
Retired in 2005, Bonnie Booth is an active volunteer as a Supervisor with the Worcester County Conservation District, a Steering Committee Member and Instructor for the Massachusetts Becoming an Outdoorswoman Program and an Instructor in both the state Basic and Bowhunter Education Programs. Booth and her family have been active with the Spencer Agricultural Association and 4-H for over 30 years. Prior to her employment with the USDA, Booth was the Vice President of Investments for Dean Witter Reynolds, an investment firm. She also served on the Finance Committee and Personnel Board for the Town of Spencer. Booth actively engages in hunting, scuba diving, hiking, and golfing, as well as wildlife and underwater photography.