Conservation district presents awards

The Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District presented 12 awards to members of the community including farmers, educators and local government officials at its annual luncheon on Nov. 17 at the Lee-Jackson in Winchester.

Clean Water Farm Award winners, who managed their operations and adopted and implemented innovative conservation tools, technologies and practices, are Smith Meadows Farm, owned and operated by Forrest Pritchard in Clarke County; West Oaks Farm, operated by Joe and Mary Snapp in Frederick County; and Pleasantdale Farm, operated by George Hawkins Jr. and George Hawkins III in Shenandoah County.

Outstanding Conservation Farm award winners included the Community of Cistercians of Clarke County, R. Wayne and Sam Snapp of Frederick County, Oxbow Farm in Warren County and Gary Lantz of Cannon Hill Farm in Shenandoah County.

Individual awards were presented to Derek B. Ritenour, an agriscience teacher at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School in Woodstock, who was given the Conservation Education Award; Barbara White, who received the Urban & Community Forestry Award; and Warren County Board of Supervisors and Warren County Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron, who were given the Urban Conservation Award for their work in planning and promoting the Warren County Public Safety building, one of the most environmentally friendly facilities and a model for local governments within the Shenandoah Valley.

Special recognition was given to two Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District directors for their service. Jim Lawrence Jr., director for the city of Winchester, was presented with an outstanding service certificate, and Bud Nagelvoort, director for Clarke County, an outstanding sustained leadership certificate.