Local conservationists win state awards | PostIndependent.com

Local conservationists win state awards

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

Local conservation district employees, volunteers and board members took home top honors at the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts (CACD) annual meeting in Glenwood Springs Wednesday.Three local conservation districts, Bookcliff, South Side and Mount Sopris, received the Earth Team Volunteer award from the CACD and the National Resources Conservation Service.

District board members were recognized by NRCS district conservationist Dennis Davidson, who said they volunteered on several bus tours of the districts organized for state legislators to give them a look at local irrigation and other water management programs. They also have distributed trees to area residents from the state forest service and participated in the “We All Live Downstream” water conservation program for elementary school children. Members of the board include local ranchers from the Roaring Fork and Colorado river valleys. Receiving the award for the members Wednesday were Terry Porter and Lynn Dwyre of the South Side District, Don Smith for Mount Sopris and Charles Ryden for Bookcliff.

Carbondale rancher Dee Blue received the Distinguished Service Award for 24 years as a volunteer with the Mount Sopris Conservation District. She helped develop guidelines for the use of irrigation water to create open space in new subdivisions and was a representative of the Colorado watershed to the Colorado State Conservation Board.Also honored was Sharie Prow, district manager for the Bookcliff, South Side and Mount Sopris conservation districts as District Employee of the Year. Prow was recognized for balancing responsibilities for all three districts, including scheduling classes and managing programs.

Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 16605dgray@postindependent.com

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