By Staff Reports
FARMINGTON — At the annual meeting of the Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District Friday, April 6, several awards were presented.
A special conservation award was presented to Paul Hersey of Farmington. Hersey was the District Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service office in Franklin County when he retired in 2014.
During his 40-year career, Hersey worked in Rockland, Farmington and Cumberland County. He spent his last 24 years in Franklin County.
Since his retirement, Hersey has continued his conservation efforts. He works with farmers around the state to update their nutrient management plans.
Black Acres, operated by Rep. Russell Black and his family, was recognized for winning the 2018 Maine Tree Farmer of the Year Award from the Maine Tree Farm Program. By winning this award, Black Acres is now eligible to compete for the Regional and National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year awards.
James and Gerri Harvell were recognized as the 2017 Outstanding Woodlot Owners. They have made many improvements to their woodlot in Wilton.
Robert Zundel, owner of Horn Hill Nursery in Farmington, was named the 2017 Outstanding Conservation Farm. Much of his conservation efforts revolve around wildlife habitat.
NextEra representative Aaron Svedlow gave a presentation on the Farmington Solar Project. The project encompasses 350 acres, most behind Sandy River Farms.
Tom Gordon shared updates on work being done by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.