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Local conservationists lauded at district banquet

Lincoln County Schools superintendent Dr. Sherry Hoyle accepts the Blair Goodson Conservation Award at the Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District awards banquet on Thursday.

Lincoln County Schools superintendent Dr. Sherry Hoyle accepts the Blair Goodson Conservation Award at the Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District awards banquet on Thursday.

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The Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District honored several local conservation activists during an awards banquet on Thursday.
According to a press release, the annual banquet allows the district an opportunity to recognize individuals in Lincoln County that are working hard to protect natural resources.
This year, the district honored the Alvin Carpenter Family as the 2014 Conservation Family Farm award winners. According to its website, the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ Outstanding Conservation Farm Family award recognizes “farmer(s) and farm families who are actively taking the initiative to implement sound, innovative and cost-effective conservation techniques and are actively involved in conservation education.”
The Carpenter Family works year-round to maintain more than 200 adult cows and calves on two beef cattle farms, the 140 acres of land split between Lincoln County and Cleveland County.
Lincoln County Schools superintendent Dr. Sherry Hoyle received the Blair Goodson Award for her promotion of environmental education through the school system.
The award is named after a longtime Soil and Water supervisor who served for 55 years. The award recognizes a person who has helped promote the protection of natural resources.
This year’s Resource Conservation Workshop Student was Jason Sisk, a West Lincoln High School junior. As the Lincoln County representative, Sisk traveled to North Carolina State University in June for a five-day study, exploring the state’s wildlife, soils, forests and water quality.
Each year, sixth grade students across the county are required to participate in an essay competition in which they expand on a specific conservation or natural resource prompt. This year, Gavyn Keck of North Lincoln Middle School won the competition with his essay on “The Living Soil.”
Lincolnton High School teacher Adam Benoit was honored as this year’s Envirothon Advisor. According to the North Carolina Environthon website, the Envirothon is an annual competitive event where middle and high school teams “compete for recognition and scholarships by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management.” Subject areas included forestry, wildlife, aquatics and current environment issues. This year, two teams from Lincolnton High School competed.

Blair Goodson Award: recipient announced at the banquet.

Image courtesy of Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News

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