Submitted by Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
Four awards will be presented at the 2013 Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District's annual meeting and awards presentation being held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Riverside Receptions in Geneva.
The awards program highlights the diversity of conservation and agriculture activities in Kane and DuPage counties and provides recognition for these efforts.
• The recipient of the 2013 Dick Young Award is Fran Caffee who has been an active promoter of clean water and a healthy environment through her involvement with the Sierra Club, Valley of the Fox chapter. This award honors the lifetime commitment of Dick Young to the conservation and protection of natural resources in Kane and DuPage counties. The award is given to individuals who demonstrate hard work and dedication to the protection of natural resources in the area. Rather than recognition for a single particular project or a short-term series of related efforts, the Dick Young Award honors the day-to-day efforts of conservationists over the course of their careers.
• The Tyler Creek Watershed Coalition will be presented with an award for "Excellence in Conservation of Land and Water Resources" in recognition of the group's dedication to protecting the quality of water within the Tyler Creek Watershed. This award recognizes individuals, groups, or municipalities that strive to preserve our land and water resources.
• Cynthia Wendt, a teacher at Sheridan Elementary School in Elgin, will receive an award for "Commitment and Dedication to Conservation Education" in recognition of commitment to providing hands-on outdoor learning experiences for her students. This award is intended to give recognition to outstanding efforts of those delivering conservation, environmental, or agricultural education to the public.
• The John C. Biddle Award will be presented to Donna Lehrer of Big Rock, who farms eight acres of organic vegetables, hay, oats and also produces wool from their flock of sheep. This award honors an outstanding farmer, family, or partnership for their conservation efforts. These farmers are taking steps to protect water quality, save soil, and preserve our natural resources.
For details, visit www.kanedupageswcd.org/awards.htm.