Accomplishments Recognized at the District’s 2016 Awards Reception
Conservation Farmers of the Year: The Stahl Family
The Stahl family of Smithton have been farming for three generations and have turned 160 tough acres into a model conservation farm. Some of the many conservation practices they’ve installed include: contour strips, diversion ditches, underground drains, rock outlets, rotational grazing pastures, and a roofed, heavy use area. More
Attending the ceremony to receive their award were (l-r): Nathan Fink; and Melissa, Bonny, Duane, Liz and Jason Stahl. Presenting the award are Westmoreland Conservation District farmer board members Bill Doney and Conrad Donovan.
J. Roy Houston Conservation Partner of the Year: Larry Larese
As Westmoreland County’s top economic development planner for 39 years, Larry Larese did much to encourage economic development and jobs. He also did a great number of things for conservation — including bringing safe drinking water to area communities, serving on the board of the Turtle Creek Watershed Association, incorporating open space and stormwater management into the county’s 16 industrial parks, leading the county’s first comprehensive plan, and helping to form the Westmoreland Land Trust. More…
Pictured with Larry (center) are (l-r): District board members Commissioner Ted Kopas and Chuck Duritsa, Betsey Larese, and Barry Kukovich of Peoples Natural Gas, sponsor of the award.