2012 Awards Luncheon
The John Marshall SWCD held its annual Awards Luncheon on December 12 at the Fauquier Springs Country Club. Several local citizens were recognized for their contributions to protecting the soil and water resources of Fauquier County.
The Edwin F. Gulick Conservation Educator Award was presented to Gary Hicklin of Highland School. Mr. Hicklin has been involving his 6th grade science students in Trout In The Classroom for the last four years. The students start in October with Brook Trout eggs and raise them until April when they are released in local cold water streams. In addition, his students are involved in numerous other environmental activities, including recycling, growing Chesapeake Bay grasses, building stink bug traps, and maintaining new landscape plants on the school campus.
The Conservation Contractor Award was presented to Ben Harrison of Harrison Custom Fencing. Mr. Harrison’s company has a reputation for building exceptional fences all over Northern Virginia. In recent years, his company has built over 130,000 feet of stream protection fencing for conservation projects in Fauquier County.
The TMDL Conservation Award was presented to Wayne and Deborah Hauter of Spring Hill Farm in Marshall. The Hauters have a 60 head cow-calf operation and also finish grass fed beef. They have placed their land in a conservation easement, established almost 8,000 feet of stream protection fencing, a rotational grazing system, and six frost-proof water troughs. In addition, they have allowed District staff access to their property to conduct bacterial tests on the farm’s ponds and streams to test the effectiveness of the installed conservation practices.
The Conservation Farm Award was presented to Claude and Carla Chapman, of Chapman Farm in Bealeton. The Chapman’s beef cattle farm is located on Harper’s Run in the Marsh Run watershed. They have fenced off all surface waters on the farm with over 13,500 feet of stream protection fencing which created 12.5 acres of riparian buffers. The fencing divided the grazing land into six pastures which provides for rotational grazing.
The Clean Water Farm Award for the Rappahannock Basin was presented to Frank Ott, Jr. and Marshfield Farm in Remington. Mr. Ott farms over 900 acres in the Marsh Run watershed. He has been working for years with the District installing conservation practices. In addition to a very active crop rotation system, he also installed over 15,000 feet of fencing protecting over 20,000 feet of stream bank while creating almost 50 acres of wildlife buffers.
The John Marshall SWCD recognized Ben Harrison of Harrison Custom Fencing, Gary Hicklin of Highland School, Janet and Frank Ott of Marshfield Farm, Carla and Claude Chapman of Chapman Farm, and Wayne and Deborah Hauter of SPrin Hill Farm on December 12 at their annual Awards Luncheon held at Fauquier Springs Country Club.
Date Last Modified: 12/14/2012