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Award Programs


MASWCD offers several award programs to recognize the outstanding conservation achievements taking place through SWCDs and their cooperators.


2015 award winners were recognized during the MASWCD Annual Convention  December 7th and 8th, at the Double Tree by Hilton, Bloomington-Minneapolis South.



2015 MASWCD Awards


SWCD of the Year Award

recognizes and stimulates leadership within the Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) to go above and beyond the base capacity

West Otter Tail SWCD

  news release

pictured at right: West Otter Tail SWCD Board Members and Staff receiving award from MASWCD Vice President Kurt Beckstrom (far left) and MASWCD President Ian Cunningham (far right)

MASWCD Outstanding SWCD Supervisor Award

honors an SWCD Supervisor who has demonstrated leadership and achieved significant results in the conservation of Minnesota’s soil and water resources

Dr. Kathryn K. Kelly

Renville SWCD Supervisor

BWSR Board Member

Past MASWCD President

  news release

pictured at right: Dr. Kelly receiving award from MASWCD President Ian Cunningham

MASWCD Teacher Award

honors a K-12 educator/professional teacher who has created innovative conservation education activities for reaching students

Jenny Moorman

Lake of the Woods K-12 School

nominated by Lake of the Woods SWCD

  news release

pictured at right: Moorman receiving award from MASWCD Sec./Treas. and North Central Area 8 Director Tom Schulz

MASWCD Outstanding Conservationist Award

supported by The Farmer magazine

recognizes individuals, conservation organizations, and others for outstanding accomplishments with implementing conservation practices and improving Minnesota’s natural resources

̃  Outstanding Conservationists by SWCD


    news release:  Area Finalists for State's Outstanding Conservationist Award



Goldsmith Brothers

Ross and Steven Goldsmith

nominated by Fillmore SWCD


MASWCD/MPCA Community Conservationist Award

honors an individual, business, municipality, or organization for their concern, cooperation, and/or implementation of conservation practices in a community environment

City of Windom

nominated by Cottonwood SWCD

  news release

MASWCD/DNR Division of Forestry

Outstanding Forest Steward Award

honors landowners who have implemented innovative forestry conservation activities, demonstrated leadership and achieved significant results in the protection of Minnesota’s forestry resources

Jack and Geraldine Happe

Bev Hofmann, the late Tom Hofmann

nominated by Benton SWCD

  news release

pictured at right:  Jack Happe

MASWCD Legislator of the Year Award

MASWCD presents this award to one or more legislators each year who promote natural resource conservation through the legislative process, and who recognize the key role that Soil and Water Conservation Districts can play in the delivery of conservation practices on private lands.

Rep. Paul Torkelson

(R - Hanska)




Sen. Dan Sparks

(DFL - Austin)






Additional awards presented in conjunction with the MASWCD annual convention during the Monday, December 7 Award Luncheon include:


2015 DNR Division of Ecological and Water Resources Appreciation Award, presented by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources awarded to the

Wilkin SWCD

pictured at left, Wilkin SWCD staff and supervisors with DNR Hydrologist Julie Aadland

2015 Outstanding District Employee Award, presented by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources awarded to

West Otter Tail Manager Brad Mergens and

East Otter Tail/Wadena Manager Darren Newville

news release (link will direct you to pdf on BWSR site)

pictured at left, West Otter Tail SWCD Manager Brad Mergens, BWSR Executive Director John Jaschke, East Otter Tail and Wadena SWCDs manager Darren Newville

MASWCD Friend of Conservation Award awarded to:


Marilyn Bernhardson

former SWCD representative to the Clean Water Council

former MASWCD Legislative Committee Chair

Redwood SWCD Manager


pictured at left, Marilyn Bernhardson receiving award from MASWCD Executive Director LeAnn Buck

MASWCD Friend of Conservation Award awarded to:


Freshwater Society

Steve Woods, Executive Director

Peggy Knapp, Director of Programs


pictured at left, Steve Woods, Freshwater Society Executive Director, receiving award from LeAnn Buck, MASWCD Executive Director



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