Over 100 friends of conservation turned out at Pattison Park on September 8th for the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District. The evening got underway with the election of one board supervisor and a tasty meal catered by Clermont Northeastern High School Food Services.
At the meeting several conservation partners were recognized for the 2015-2016 achievements in the conservation field including Wolfer Farms of Jackson Township who were honored as the District’s Conservation Cooperator of the Year.
Lisa Holt Taylor of Boyd E. Smith Elementary in Milford was awarded the District’s Outstanding Conservation Teacher of the Year award. Lisa has worked for Milford Schools for 14 years where literacy was highly stressed in the curriculum. She began incorporating science in her literacy work so her students did not get cheated in this area.
In the 2015-2016 school year, Lisa worked with Clermont SWCD as she had her students design their own watersheds and taught them the basics of monitoring stream quality (among many other environmental topics). She was also the lead teacher for seventy 3rdgraders in a five session project investigating the school yard’s habitat in conjunction with the Cincinnati Nature Center.
Award recipients were also recognized by the Clermont County Commissioners and the Ohio Congress with proclamations recognizing their accomplishments and dedication to promoting good land stewardship.
Guest speaker Ty Higgins of Farm and County radio show entertained guests with exploits of growing up on a farm and reported on the corn crop yields expected throughout the corn belt for this season.
The meeting concluded with some wonderful door prizes. The district would like to extend a special thank-you to all those individuals and businesses who donated funds or door prizes to help make the 2016 conservation banquet a great success.