Outstanding Media Partner Award

Linda O’Dell Ash, The Northern Virginia Daily

This year’s Outstanding Media Partner Award is presented to Linda O’Dell Ash, Editor, The Northern Virginia Daily, for her collaboration and partnership in the establishment of the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District’s weekly ‘Conservation Corner’ column.

Linda O’Dell Ash was instrumental in the establishment of a weekly newspaper column in the Northern Virginia Daily, both in print and online.  The column has subsequently received national and statewide recognition in the conservation community.  It has provided a consistent conservation media presence for the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District. By enabling the publication of more than 50 articles submitted by our Education and Information Coordinator since November 2015, her newspaper has helped significantly increase the public understanding and promotion of the wise use of Virginia’s natural resources at an unprecedented level.

Thanks to this media platform, we have addressed key issues such as soil management, non-point source pollution, TMDL’s, E Coli eradication, the use of cover crops, forestry, youth mentorship, the Right To Farm Act, Farm to Table Conference, natural resource sustainability, rotational grazing, conservation leadership, the National Association of Conservation District’s Hall of Fame, recreational use of soil and water, storm water management, Envirothon, fertilizer use, urban conservation, the Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP), International Year of the Oceans, the Clean Water Act, the role of hunters as conservationists, littering, SL-6 Fence management, community engagement, and the impact of natural resource management on local, state and federal economies. The weekly column has informed, entertained and inspired not only local readers but many others both statewide and nationally. That includes the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service headquarters personnel who have shared our work nationally as great examples of conservation outreach and communication.

It is my pleasure to present the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District 2016 Outstanding Media Partner Award to Linda O’Dell Ash, Editor, The Northern Virginia Daily for her commitment to our soil and water conservation outreach and education efforts.