Board members and staff received the 2008 Outstanding Conservation District Award during Conservation Day at the State Capitol on March 25. On hand for the presentation were (from left) DCCD directors Glenn Dickey and John Flaming, Chesapeake Energy representative Sarah Gainer, DCCD Associate Director Sue Harper-Brown, District Manager Christine Harper, director Bertha Miller, Inf./Educ. Coordinator Kristi Hill, directors Alveta Taylor and Carol Gaunt, and Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Terry Peach.
This is the second year in a row for Deer Creek Conservation District to be chosen as the Outstanding Conservation District for the State of Oklahoma. Deer Creek was recognized for its active and varied programs to further conservation of our natural resources. The district offers no-till workshops, equipment rentals and incentive sign-ups to promote the goals of the state’s 319 Water Quality Program. Deer Creek takes pride in educating the conservationists of tomorrow by sponsoring poster, essay and speech contests and reaching hundreds of students each year with its Outdoor Classroom, annual land judging contest and in-school presentations. The district is active in the state Cost-Share Program and the Watershed Rehabilitation Program and maintains ongoing communication with local, state and federal elected officials.
Deer Creek Conservation District was also named as one of only two in the entire state as the Excellence in Communications award winner. Oklahoma Conservation Commission Chair Dan Lowrance (left), Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts President Trey Lam and Oklahoma Press Association Executive Vice President Mark Thomas (right) made the presentation to DCCD’s Kristi Hill and Christine Harper during Conservation Day at the Capitol.
DCCD was recognized for its outstanding public information campaign. The district provides a continuous stream of information to area news outlets to promote all of its activities including youth education and contests, farming assistance and workshops, Farm Bill Programs, carbon programs, watershed rehab and honors received by the district.
DCCD Director Alveta Taylor brought another award to the district when she was named as Outstanding District Director. Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation’s Wadell Altom (left) made the presentation to Taylor during Conservation Day on March 25.
Although Taylor has only been on the DCCD board of directors for two years, after stepping in to fill the position of her late husband, Robert Taylor, she has been involved in all aspects of conservation her entire life. She was born on a farm near Custer City and worked alongside her husband learning the value of conservation for the land and water. From judging youth contests, serving on the Great Plains RC&D Council and helping with workshops and outdoor classrooms to meeting with legislators and even wearing the Sammy Soil Saver costume, Taylor sets an example as an exemplary district director. She demonstrates outstanding service to the district and community and a strong commitment to conservation, and well represents the Deer Creek Conservation District in involvement with groups and organizations.