2013 John Marshall Soil & Water Conservation District Award Winners
TMDL Conservation Farm Award
Jay Marshall, Priestley Farm
Phase I and II: Included 2 stream crossings, 4,000 feet of pipeline, 5 water troughs, 8,500 feet of stream protection fence which protected 8,860 feet of stream bank, and created 10 acres of riparian buffer. Phase III (Currently under construction): 1,200 additional feet of stream bank protection, 1 acre of riparian buffer, and will protect all water on the property.
Conservation Farm Award
The Davenport Family, Hollin Farm
Three farms totaling 750 acres with 220 cow/calf pairs. They’ve built 26,000 feet of stream exclusion fence, protecting 27,300 feet of stream bank, and creating 69 acres of riparian buffer. They have 9 troughs with 6,570 feet of pipeline. The Davenports also plant cover crops on their crop land including their pumpkin patch.
Clean Water Farm Award
Claude and Carla Chapman, Chapman Farm
In total, 19,000 feet of stream bank has been protected, creating 18 acres of riparian buffer, with 5 acres of the riparian buffer restored to native trees and shrubs. Live stakes were planted and will be used as a nursery to be harvested for future plantings. 25 acres of cropland was converted to permanent pasture with cover crops sewn in winter. They have 5,000 feet of pipeline and 4 troughs. The Chapmans have also hosted education programs on their farm. All water on their property has been protected.
Conservation Business Partner Award
Wrote many articles about the District including but definitely not limited to our Farm Tours, Pasture Management Workshop, Septic Tank Repairs, and 100% cost share. He has been a great help to the District as well as being a voice for conservation in Fauquier County.
Edwin F. Gulick Conservation Educator Award
Morgan Ott, III
Brought beef cows, dairy cows, and pigs to JMSWCD Conservation Field Days for approximately 15 years. He helped educate children about the importance of those animals so they could make informed decisions in the future. He has been a great supporter of agriculture in the county and has also brought his animals to other school and county events.
Summer Wind Farm
Improved their timber stand to increase light in the understory, established a road system to minimize erosion, planted 30 acres of trees, created riparian buffers that were greater than the 35 feet minimum required, built 9,160 feet of fence to keep cattle out of the planted areas, and created 1,400 feet of pipeline with 4 troughs. They also work to control invasive species on their land and they got extra trees to create a nursery in order to replace any non-surviving trees in their plantings.
Photo R-L: Claude and Carla Chapman, Morgan Ott, Greg Hadford, Virginia Menmuir, Jay Marshall, Jay Pinsky, Shannon and Matt Davenport.
Date Last Modified: 01/07/2014