Award Recipients

The National Conservation District Employees Association is pleased to recognize excellence in the conservation delivery system

NCDEA proudly sponsors the National Conservation District Professional Award and the National Conservation District Board Member Award to recognize professionalism and dedication in the people behind the nation’s conservation district programs.  Award recipients are not only district professionals or board members – they are people that truly believe in conserving the natural resources and making the world a better place.

Nominations for these awards may be submitted at any time to Regional Directors, with an annual deadline of October 1.


2017


District Professional

RickMcSwain holds his 2017 NCDEA District Professional award
RickMcSwain (left) 2017 with NCDEA President Tim Riley

Rick McSwain received the 2017 NCDEA National Conservation District Professional award.

Rick is the District Director for the Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District in Lincolnton, North Carolina.


District Board Member

Jim Harreld receives his 2017 Conservation District Board Member Award
Jim Harreld (left) 2017 with NCDEA Secretary Melissa Higbee and NCDEA President Tim Riley

Jim Harreld received the 2017 NCDEA National Conservation District Board Member award.

Jim is the Chairman of the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District in Canton, Mississippi.



2016


District Professional

Mamie Caison (left) 2016
Mamie Caison (left) 2016, with Pam Hawkins, former NCDEA board member

Mamie Caison received the 2016 NCDEA National Conservation District Professional award.

Mamie is Director of the Brunswick SWCD in Bolivia, NC.


District Board Member

Gary Blair 2016
Gary Blair 2016

Gary Blair received the 2016 NCDEA National Conservation District Board Member award.

Gary is the President of the Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts.



2015

District Professional

Rick Mickowski receives his 2016 NCDEA National Conservation District Professional Award
Rick Mickowski 2016

Richard (Rick) Mickowski received the NCDEA National Conservation District Professional award.

Rick works for the New Castle County Conservation District in Delaware as Conservationist II/Education Coordinator.


District Board Member

John Peterson holds his award
John Peterson 2016

John W. Peterson received the NCDEA National Conservation District Board Member award.

John represents the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District where he serves as Chairman of the Board.



NCDEA Awards History

History of NCDEA awards to District Professionals and District Officials

YearDistrict ProfessionalDistrict Official
2018Janice Gillispie, TNPaul Hunter, MS
2017Rick McSwain, NCJim Harreld, MS
2016Mamie Caison, NCGary Blair, MI
2015Rick Mickowski, DEJohn Peterson, VA
2014Peter Vigil, NMJohn Finch, NC
2013Carol Edwards, TNKevin Jeffries, KY
2012George Boggs, WA
Millie Langley, NC
Charles Holmes, AL
2011Pamela Hawkins, NCDan Ellison, KY
2010Bryan Evans, NCJames Lacy, KY
2009Robert Dobbs, NJ
Tommy Brooks, NC
Gerald Scheele, WA
2008Phil Griswold, NYPat Sueck, PA
2007Martha Buff, NCNA
2006Martha Newby, KYAndrew Jackson, FL
2005
2004Wilma Newton, ALJames Todd, IL
2003NANA
2002Glenda Lewis, SCEli Mast, MO
2001Kay Wasinger, KSJohn D. (Jack) Majeres, SD
2000
1999Michael Lovegreen, PAJoe Lomax, NJ
1998Perry Lindquist, WIRudy Langley, NC
1997Judy Krebs, OHAlan Cooke, FL

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So many of you are deserving of this national recognition! We hope that you'll submit a nomination!Every year, the National Conservation Planning Partnership (NCPP) recognizes a producer and conservation planner for their commitment to conservation with the Hugh Hammond Bennett Award for Conservation Excellence. These awards are presented during the National Association of Conservation Districts’ (NACD) Appreciation Banquet at the NACD Annual Meeting.

Nominations for the 2019 awards are due tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 1. Please visit NACD's website to learn more about the awards and how to apply.
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