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Nelsons named SWCD’s 2013 Outstanding Conservationists

George and Mary Ann Nelson were selected as the Stevens Soil and Water Conservation District’s 2013 Outstanding Conservationists. They are pictured here in their CRP/RIM easement northwest of Alberta.1 / 2
In addition to native grasses on their CRP/RIM and trees in their farmstead windbreak, the George and Mary Ann Nelson constructed the first large rain garden in Stevens County, designed to capture stormwater runoff from their barn.2 / 2

MORRIS – George and Mary Ann Nelson were selected as the Stevens Soil and Water Conservation District’s 2013 Outstanding Conservationists. They are pictured here in their CRP/RIM easement northwest of Alberta.

The Nelsons are very passionate about the outdoors and strive to increase wildlife habitat and improve water quality by putting various conservation practices on their land. In addition to native grasses on their CRP/RIM and trees in their farmstead windbreak, the Nelsons constructed the first large rain garden in Stevens County, designed to capture stormwater runoff from their barn. They restored a wetland through the CRP program and they maintain a grassed waterway enrolled as a RIM riparian buffer.

George recently served as president of the Alberta Wildlife Federation and Mary Ann is an active member of the Pomme de Terre Garden Club, which features conservation-related educational seminars each year. The Nelsons will be joining SWCD staff and supervisors at the MASWCD Convention in Bloomington on Dec. 1 through 3 to receive their award. 

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