Born in Milwaukee, Scott was as well known for his volunteer activities as his work with the Wis. Dept. of Natural Resources and its predecessor, the Conservation Dept. He founded the Passenger Pigeon, the journal of the Wis. Society for Ornithology, and for decades, worked developing a list of Wisconsin’s largest trees.
An accomplished conservation writer and speaker, Scott gave over 2,000 talks and wrote speeches for other officials. He was a warden, game management supervisor, and administrator. He encouraged wildlife research, worked on the acquisition of the Horicon Marsh, and accumulated a library on Wisconsin history and conservation.