Soil & Water Conservation holds annual meeting

The Winnebago County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) held its 71st Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon Friday, Jan. 27, at Klehm Arboretum. About 90 people attended the event, which included a business meeting with the election of three directors.

Directors elected to two-year terms were Judy Barnard, Paul Beuth and Jan Lindenmier.

The district highlighted its “top 10” activities and accomplishments for the year. Local organizations were also recognized for their efforts in the fields of Environmental Education and Awareness; Leadership in Progressive Planning; Restoration and Sustainable Living Concepts.

The district also held a silent auction to benefit its Education Fund. More than 50 local businesses, organizations and individuals donated items such as gift cards, prints, wine and cheese baskets, and other unique items, arranged into 36 packages. The silent auction brought in more than $1,900, which will go toward this year’s Northeast Illinois LUC 16 Envirothon competition, the State Envirothon competition, and the District Scholarship Fund.

Dwayne Proctor and his son Brett were presented with the Conservation Farm Family Award. Dwayne Proctor was also recognized for his dedication to the Winnebago County Soil & Water Conservation District. He is retiring from the board after 28 years of service.

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum was awarded for its “Restoration and Sustainable Living Concepts.” The museum did restoration work along Kent Creek with the help of the Rockford Park District and Natural Land Institute, changing it from turf grass to more native vegetation. The museum also planted gardens along the outage, utilizing people with the Eco Advocates, a partnership of the Roots and Wings Urban initiative of Angelic Organics Learning Center and Comprehensive Community Solutions/YouthBuild Rockford.

The Environmental Awareness and Education Award was presented to Don Miller and Tina Dawson Scott, co-chairmen of the Four Rivers Environmental Coalition River Gathering Committee. This event was a four-day festival last June that celebrated the ecological, recreational, cultural and aesthetic values of the rivers in the region.

The Village of Machesney Park was awarded the Leaders in Progressive Planning Award for their exemplary work in improving their community while caring for the environment, with projects such as flood plain mitigation and restoration of flood-prone homes along the Rock River; and implementing ecologically-aware practices.

From the March 28-April 3, 2012, issue

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