During the Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Meeting, held Nov. 15, several local partners and farmers were honored for their commitment to local conservation. The district celebrated their 70th anniversary with an awards banquet following their 2016 Supervisor election.
Larry McChesney won the Supervisor election over opponent, Paul Fuhrmann. McChesney will be taking the place of Dave Gable and will fill the position for a three year unpaid term beginning in January of 2017.
This year, three awards were given to local residents, celebrating their accomplishments and perseverance in assisting the district with conservation.
The district awarded David L. Wilson as the 2016 Cooperator of the Year. This award goes to a local producer that has worked with the district and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to install conservation practices and has done so with great commitment to our county’s natural resources.
Roberta Sommer was awarded Farm Woman of the Year. Sommer has been an integral part of Sommer Farms for many years. She grew up on a farm and married a farmer, essentially committing her whole life to producing food and supporting her family.
“It is always an honor to present this award to a local deserving Farm Woman, as it is often a tough and thankless job” said Kate Sowards of the Conservation District.
For the Friend of Conservation award this year, Dale Egbert was awarded for his continued support and partnership with the district. Egbert has been committed to Soil and Water Conservation in his position at Shawnee State Forest.
“He has been incredibly helpful to some of our district programs like our Forestry Field day last year and he assisted the district with a Gypsy Moth Trapping Survey. It is always a great joy to work with Mr. Egbert,” said Sowards.
In addition to the awards, Dr. Andrew Feight from Shawnee State University presented his research on the important conservation history in the county focusing on the creation of what is now Shawnee State Park and Forest as well as the Civilian Conservation Corps.
The evening concluded with a service award, given to Dave Gable in honor of his service to the district as a supervisor.
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