Outstanding Conservationists and Partners Honored at Awards Banquet
William and Dianna Hoffer received the District’s 2011 Conservation Farmer of the Year Award for the many conservation measures they’ve installed on their 120-acre Mount Pleasant Township dairy cow and beef cattle farm to manage water and benefit Jacobs Creek.
The Yuris family received the District’s 2012 Conservation Farmer of the Year Award for their model dairy farm in Derry Township, where their conservation work also benefits Spruce Run, a high-quality cold-water fishery that flows from their farm directly into the Conemaugh River. Pictured, l-r: John, David and Nick Yuris
The Westmoreland County Commissioners, past and present, were the first recipients of the new J. Roy Houston Conservation Partnership Award. Since the District’s founding in 1949 by an act of the County Commissioners, these elected officials have provided the strong and consistent support that has allowed the District to make great strides in conserving our county’s natural resources for the benefit of all citizens. Pictured, l-r: District Chairman Ron Rohall; current Westmoreland County Commission Chairman Charles Anderson; current Commissioner Ted Kopas; past Commissioners Ted Simon, William Davis, and Tom Balya; current Commissioner Tyler Courtney; and past Commissioner Phil Light. The new J. Roy Houston Conservation Partnership Award was created to honor the memory and spirit of Houston, whose 40 years of service as the District’s chairman from 1970 until his death in 2010 was the longest volunteer commitment in the District’s history.