Clean Water Farm Award – Warren County
This year’s Virginia Clean Water Farm Award for Warren County is presented to Duane Norman. Kathy and Duane Norman have been farming for more than 20 years. They began farming to teach their kids what it’s like to work with the animals and the land.
Mr. Norman worked together with the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District and NRCS to install the SL-6: Stream Exclusion with Grazing Land Management program. In order to install fencing, Mr. Norman cleared approximately 25,000 square feet of trees, brush and other debris. He then installed more than 800 feet of fencing, and planted four acres of native warm season grasses, 13 acres of hard wood trees, and over an acre of pine trees.
Mr. Norman created more than 10 acres of streamside buffers, stabilized 515 feet of stream bank, and reduced erosion by three tons per year. Mr. Norman excluded livestock from 12 acres of forested land in order to protect water resources on his property and beyond. With all this work done Kathy and Duane have transformed their farm into a diverse wildlife and livestock operation.
It is my pleasure to present the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District’s 2016 Clean Water Farm award to Mr. Norman in recognition of his commitment to soil and water conservation.