We are a nation and a county blessed with natural resources that make us one of the richest agriculturally in the world. The continued productivity of our soil and availability of clean water must remain a

priority.

Soil & water conservation districts across the nation will proclaim Soil Stewardship Week April 28th through May 5th in a nationwide campaign to highlight the importance of voluntary land stewardship.

Cherokee County Soil & Water Conservation District hosted its 63rd annual awards banquet Friday, April 26 to recognize and encourage persons of all ages in the county who are involved in the promotion, practice and pursuit of conservation of natural resources.

The Trinity-Neches Forest Landowners Association was commended for their first place state-wide award in the Texas Conservation Awards Program sponsored by the Texas State Soil & Water Conservation Board and the Association of Texas Soil & Water Conservation Districts. President Phil Power was the speaker for the evening, followed by an award presented to Roland Adams of Jacksonville for his 44 years of dedicated service to the board of directors of the district.

Several FFA students, including the Outstanding FFA member for the year, received awards for participation in county environmental contests and scholarships were awarded to six high ranking students. The county’s Outstanding 4-H member also received an award of recognition.

Three individuals were chosen from the county to be honored this year as Outstanding Conservationists for their exemplary efforts in agriculture. Receiving awards for Support of Youth in Agriculture were Brian Kinney of Reklaw, show chairman of the show committee for the Cherokee County Jr. Livestock Show and Bart Bauer of Jacksonville, president of the board of directors of the Jr. Livestock Show. Ronnie Perriraz of Alto was recognized for Superior Hay Production.

At the close of the evening 10 young conservationists, age seven to eleven, were presented with certificates and medals for their accomplishments in the annual Conservation Poster Contest.

Presiding over the evening were the S&WCD directors, Preston Lindsay, chairman, Aaron Low, vice-chairman, John Griffith, secretary-treasurer, Randy Tennison member, Jason Ellis, Texas A&M Forest Service and speaker Phil Power. Justin Underwood is also a member of the board of directors.

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