People in Our Times
Richard and Karen Gadke of Capron were selected by the Board of Trustees of Natural Land Institute to receive this year’s George and Barbara Fell Award for their distinguished achievements in land conservation.
In 2010, the Gadkes permanently protected 260 acres of farmland from development by donating a conservation easement on their land to the Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District. Boone is a fast-growing county, and the Gadkes want young farmers to be able to purchase land for farming in the future.
The couple are active in the farmland preservation movement in Boone County. Richard was chairman of the Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District in the 1990s, serves on the Farmland Protection Project board and is chairman of the Boone County Agricultural Conservation Easement and Farmland Protection Program Commission.
Karen, a retired medical research scientist, promotes smart growth practices that preserve farmland, like building homes near towns with existing infrastructure.
From the March 30-April 5, 2011 issue