Conservation awards presented at meeting

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Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District recognized James and Gerri Harvell of Wilton as the 2017 Outstanding Woodlot Owners at the annual meeting last Friday. Pictured from left are Rep. Russell Black R-Wilton, the Harvells, forester Peter Tracy of Farmington and District Chairman Henry Hardy of Farmington. (Courtesy photo)

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.

Robert Zundel, owner of Horn Hill Nursery in Farmington, was named the 2017 Conservation Farm at the annual meeting of the Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District Friday, April 6. Seen with Zundel are from left NRCS Soil Conservationist Jade Gianforte and NRCS District Conservationist Amanda Burton. (Courtesy photo)
Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District recognized James and Gerri Harvell of Wilton as the 2017 Outstanding Woodlot Owners at the annual meeting last Friday. Pictured from left are Rep. Russell Black R-Wilton, the Harvells, forester Peter Tracy of Farmington and District Chairman Henry Hardy of Farmington. (Courtesy photo)
At the annual meetiing on April 6, the Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District recognized Paul Hersey of Farmington for his conservation efforts in Franklin County and the state. Hersey at left is being presented the award by District Supervisor L. Herbert “Bussie” York while President Henry Hardy and Associate Supervisor Bill Berry look on. (Courtesy photo)

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