Awards & Recognition

Awards and Recognition

The Monroe County Soil & Water Conservation District recognizes three conservation award winners every year at the SWCD Annual Meeting to highlight the efforts of the county’s local conservationists. To nominate an individual or organization, contact Martha Miller at by the end of the calendar year with the name of the individual/organization, which award they are being nominated for, and why they should be considered for the award (2 paragraphs maximum).

2017 Conservationist Awards

The Monroe County SWCD would like to recognize the following 2017 Conservationist Award recipients:

Emerging Conservationist: Mike Record

Emerging Conservation Steward winners must have implemented conservation practices for three years or less and addressed at least three resource concerns.

Mike’s passion for small farm sustainability and educating others about the importance of conservation makes him the top candidate for this award. His farm is always open to sharing with others and trying new and innovative conservation practices to improve his land. Mike is a shining light in the world of conservation as  a passionate emerging conservationist.

Established Conservationist: Robert Woodling

Established Conservation Steward winners must have five years minimum experience establishing conservation practices addressing at least five resource concerns.

Robert has passionately managed the Good-Woodling Woods for over 25 years, striving to share his love of the forest with all interested in learning. His focus has always been to find the perfect balance between letting nature be nature and improving it through conservation efforts. Robert embodies the land ethic of a true conservationist.

Friend of Conservation: Monroe County Stormwater Utilities 

The Friend of Conservation Award is presented to a business, nonprofit, or governmental agency that has gone above and beyond in promoting strong conservation practices inside their organization and encouraging strong conservation ethics with its employees.

When it comes to understanding the mission and vision of the Soil and Water Conservation District, the Stormwater Board and Utilities Department of Monroe County get it! This partnership has increased the growth capacity for the SWCD, and together we are spreading the message on the importance of protecting soil health and water quality. It was an easy choice to name the Monroe County Stormwater Utilities and Board as a Friend of Conservation.


State and National Earth Team Volunteer Award Winners: Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District & Indiana University ServeIT

Part of the journey to create the mobile application Mark-it was the volunteer hours of the ServeIT team that created the final product. This group of young people went above and beyond their normal academic course load, personal activities, and social lives to volunteer their time to learn about working with “real-life” customers. It was because of these young people and the ServeIT team that Mark-it is now a reality and usable application. Congratulations to Monroe County SWCD and IU ServeIT. Mark-it is now live! Check it out!

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