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NRD presents conservation award at water conference

Thursday, March 22, 2012

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James Uerling, right, of the Middle Republican Natural Resources District presents a conservation award to Darwin Hinrichs and Cindy Ross.
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CURTIS, Nebraska -- The Middle Republican Natural Resources District on Wednesday, March 14th, during the Southwest Nebraska Water Conference, presented one of two conservation awards to Cindy Ross. Kirt and Cindy Ross were nominated last year for the District's Outstanding Tree Planter award by NRCS Conservationist Darwin Hinrichs. Kirt was out of town and unavailable for the presentation.

Over the past four years, the Rosses have planted 6,382 trees on their property for the benefit of wildlife. Many of these trees were planted on Conservation Reserve Program and Continuous Conservation Reserve Program acres.

During the awards ceremony, Board of Director James Uerling presented a framed 16 x 20 ariel photo of the Ross's operation. Crop Production Services of Loveland, CO with a local office in McCook, sponsored the award.

The Board of Directors also accepted Ron Thompson's nomination last year for Byron and Deb Alberts as Honor Conservationist for the District. The Alberts own and operate Land a Life Farms, Inc. out of Palisade. Thompson is the Resource Conservationist for Hayes County. The Alberts were not able to attend the water conference. Other arrangements will be made for the presentation of their award.

The District also nominated the Alberts for the Omaha World Master Conservationist.

The District seeks nominations for three different conservation awards each year: Outstanding Grass Planter, Outstanding Tree Planter, and Honor Conservationist. Nominations for these awards are currently being sought for 2012. Nomination forms are available at the District office in Curtis and on their website www.mrnrd.org


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