The York County Conservation District held its annual Conservation Awards Picnic on Aug. 6 at Rocky Ridge County Park to present its 2013 conservation awards.
Award recipients were presented with a signed, limited-edition print by Millicent Neill Decker while guests that evening celebrated the district’s 65th anniversary.
Matt Rulevich was named our 2013 Conservation Farmer for his carefully managed Kookaburra Farm in Brogue, where he and his family raise 100 percent grass-fed, hormone-and-steroid-free Angus cattle.
Sunnyside Farm was named 2013 Conservation Farm. Operated by Dru Peters and Homer Walden, it is a pasture-based, intensively grazed family farm in Dover that offers hormone-free eggs, chicken, turkey, pork and beef and operates a Community-Supported Agriculture program.
Beth Kepley-McNutt was one of the 2013 Outstanding Environmental Educators. She works as a naturalist at Gifford Pinchot State Park and is an active Envirothon Committee member.
Diane Nace was also named a 2013 Outstanding Environmental Educator for her successful tenure as an Envirothon Coach from Central York School District.
Stephen Crumbling was given the 2013 Outstanding Watershed Stewardship Award on behalf of his continuing improvements on his farm in Spring Grove to protect the waterway flowing through his property.
Leroy and Brenda Walker were named the 2013 Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Farm Award recipients. The Walkers have also been installing conservation management practices on their 340-acre farm in Thomasville to ensure clean water and sustainable farming.