|Ray Jacobs receives a plaque from I.M. Benton|
The topic for 2017 is Healthy Soils Are Full Of Life, since they provide the essential foundation for any healthy ecosystem. The poster contest is for students in Special Education classes, and Kindergarten through Fifth grade. The poster is intended to be a class project, and teachers are recognized at the awards when they receive a certificate to display at their school.
|Love the student artwork!|
The essay contest is for students in sixth grade through eighth grade, allowing individual students a chance to expand their thoughts about healthy soils. In particular, they focused on the five primary functions of soil which includes sustaining plant and animal life, filtering pollutants, regulating water, recycling nutrients and providing terra firma support for humans. A large number of essays were submitted in 2017 and the nine winners receive a plaque and a small check.
With the student recognition complete, District commissioner I.M. Benton presented the Conservationist of the Year award to Ray Jacobs. “Mr. Jacobs has been the manager at White Hall Plantation for 35 years,” said Benton. “Jacobs has worked with conservation programs to plant lots of longleaf pine trees in the county, he uses prescribed fire over 1500-acres to promote habitat for bobwhite quail, and oversees 300-acres of food plots for all wildlife. The award is for his outstanding career accomplishments regarding conservation of soil and water resources.”
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