WACD presents awards
On the second day of the Wyoming Association of Conservation District’s (WACD) 75th Annual Convention, held Nov. 17-18, WACD hosted an award ceremony to honor hard working individuals, outstanding youth and notable county conservation districts.
To begin the ceremony, WACD recognized individual county conservation districts for their annual plans and reports.
The Sublette County Conservation District received the award for the 2020-21 Outstanding Annual Plan, while Niobrara County Conservation District received Honorable Mention. Teton County Conservation District was awarded the Outstanding 2019-20 Annual Report and Sublette County Conservation District received Honorable Mention.
Next, WACD recognized the 2020 Conservation Poster Contest Award winners.
Elana Robinson of the Saratoga, Encampment and Rawlins Conservation District won the award in the kindergarten through first grade division. In the second through third grade division, Flint Ostrander of the Converse County Conservation District received the recognition and Abigail Ostrander, also of Converse County, received the award for the fourth through sixth grade division.
Converse County’s Ava Ostrander was awarded for the seventh through ninth grade division and Sadie Wood of the Lower Wind River Conservation District was awarded in the 10th through 12th grade division.
Several outstanding individuals also received honors at the event.
Mara Abbott received an award for Outstanding News Reporter, while Reva Lobatos was recognized as Teacher of the Year.
Rick and Cynthia Pallister were the recipients of the Small Acreage Cooperator Award, MK Lands received the Outstanding Cooperator Award and Dave Kimble was recognized as the Outstanding Technician.
Additionally, Kent Connelly received the Outstanding Elected Official Award, Tim Schroeder was the recipient of the Outstanding Conservationist Award, Dave Morneau received the Outstanding Employee Award and Rod Rivers was recognized as the Outstanding Supervisor.
To round out the event, WACD recognized conservation district employees who received certification during 2020.
These include Sarah Anderson of the Crook County Natural Resource District, Dale Beranek of the Laramie County Conservation District, Elizabeth Ellis of the Medicine Bow Conservation District, Anna Gray of the Converse County Conservation District, Erin Hannelly of the Dubois-Crowheart Conservation District and Bridgit Helms of the Crook County Natural Resource District.