Cowley County Conservation District holds annual meeting

Conservation district manager Amanda Scott registers Dale Wells while his wife and grandson wait. They attended the come-and-go annual meeting at Baden Square.

The 74th annual meeting of the Cowley County Conservation District was Feb. 11 at Baden Square.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the meeting was held in the afternoon as a come-and-go affair with coffee, tea and cake served to the attendees.

Guests were greeted at the door by Conservation District Manager Amanda Scott and after registering to vote were given an information bag with a special decorated cookie on a stick.

The meeting was called to order by chairman of the CCC District Board of Supervisors Jim McClung. Representatives of the Cowley County banks were recognized and the board members were introduced.

The Soil Conservation Award was presented to the Wells Family Trust, Dale Wells, Trustee, from Udall. It is sponsored by the Kansas Bankers Association to acknowledge and promote farmers and ranchers who have completed exemplary conservation practices. Wells acknowledged the award with a big smile and a “thank you.”

Scott announced the placers of the poster contest who were unable to attend. First place and state honorable mention was Aiden Golightley with her poster titled “Where Would We BEE Without Pollinators?” Second place was Aiden Topper with her poster “It’s Bee Time.” Both are sixth-graders at Winfield Middle School and Deanndra Williams is their art teacher.

“It is exciting to have a state winner,” Scott said. “I have been here for seven years and it is the first time we have had a state winner.”

Following the awards, the regular business meeting was held with the reading of last year’s minutes and a treasurer’s report.

Justin Spielman was elected to the board of supervisors and Jim McClung was re-elected. Other board members are Rick Cowlishaw, Marvin Duncan, Joy Branscum and Les Parks.

Among the activities the CCCD does throughout the year are sponsoring students to the Range Youth Camp, sponsor a conservation Field Day for county fifth-graders and participate in the KACD poster and limerick contest. They also work with other Cowley County agencies in their activities.

The mission statement of the Cowley County Conservation District is “to protect, conserve and improve the natural resources of the district. We focus on water quality, solid management to limit erosion and run-off and critical habitat areas and guiding use through project implementation, outreach and education of best management practices, enhancement and development to benefit present and future citizens.”

The conservation office personnel are Jess Biddle, NRCS conservation tech; Holly Edmondson, office clerk; Justin Kneisel, NRCS supervisory district conservationist; Kevin McFarland, NRCS range management specialist; Brandi McCoy, Pheasant-Quail Forever; Jeff Olson, NRCS district conservationist; and Amanda Scott.

The office is at 2118 E. Ninth Ave., in Winfield.

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