Congratulations to our awardees and thank you for all you do for conservation!
The Merit Award was presented to the Center for Land Based Learning- Yolo for outstanding effort or activity in promoting the conservation and development of natural resources in California and/or Nevada. The Center for Land-Based Learning cultivates opportunity for youth, for agriculture, for business, for the environment. Their mission is is inspire, educate, and cultivate future generations of farmers, agricultural leaders and natural resource stewards.. They currently operate in 27 counties in California and have several programs; SLEWS Program, Farm Leadership, Caring for our Watersheds, Apprenticeship (adult program), SLEWS Academy (adult program), and California Farm Academy. They are extensively involved with every aspect of farming and natural resource conservation and embody the essence of this award.
The Conservation Education Award was presented to Liz Harper, Executive Director of the Colusa County Resource Conservation District and Sarah Lite, Agronomy Farm Advisor with the Sutter-Yuba UC Cooperative Extension, to recognize outstanding conservation education activities in California and/or Nevada. They launched the Soil Health Connection, an informative outreach YouTube channel. The channel hosts virtual discussions and interviews with leading soil science researchers and farmers with the
intention of shedding light on the importance of soil health in California’s agricultural systems.
The Media Award was presented to Brandi Murphy To recognize outstanding news coverage of natural resources conservation issues in California and/or Nevada. Brandi has done an excellent job at recreating and developing the quarterly chapter newsletter, Conservation Perspective. In addition to being the editor, she also maintains the chapter website and many other administrative duties to encourage outreach and chapter correspondence.