2021 Awards

This year we were unable to host the Annual Awards Luncheon where we recognize local community member and landowners for their commitment to conservation. However, the Board still voted to recognize local conservation leaders locally at their county Board of Supervisor’s meetings. The following awardees were nominated. 

DISTRICT FARM AWARDS
Clarke County: John Schutte
Frederick County: Mike Hulver
Shenandoah County: Rebecca Neslund

AGRONOMIC AWARDS
Clarke County: Clay Brumback
Frederick County: Woodbine Farms
Shenandoah County: Randy Kibler

DISTRICT FORESTRY AWARD
Shenandoah County: Amber and Eric Reiley

VIRGINIA CONSERVATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (VCAP) AWARD
Warren County: Phyllis Partain

AGRICULUTRE PARTNER AWARD
Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Matt Kowalski and Alston Horne

CONSERVATION EDUCATOR AWARD
Mariama Dryak, previously with Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River

DISTRICT OPERATIONS PARTNER AWARD
Shenandoah County Administration

CONSERVATION COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD
Shenandoah Rail Trail, Jeremy McCleary and Dr. Don Hindman

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Frederick County: Kitty Hockman-Nicolas and Marietta Walls
City of Winchester: Paul Burkholder and HB Simpson

The Department of Conservation and Recreations (DCR) continued with their Clean Water Farm Awards. Awards for superior work toward conservation in the LFSWCD were given to: 

CLEAN WATER FARM AWARDS
Frederick County: Bee Tree/K&M Farm
Shenandoah County: James Rhodes
Warren County: Stonebridge Farms

By submitting an application to the Clean Water Farm Awards, we are also nominating the farms for the prestigious Grand Basin Award, where DCR recognizes up to 10 winners representing their respective Virginia major river basin. Not only do these winners meet the criteria for the Clean Water Farm Awards, but go above and beyond in conservation management.