Tanner Lane, Alvord High School freshman, was honored May 6 at the Conservation Awards Banquet, sponsored by the Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) of Area V at Tarleton State University in Stephenville.
Lane’s essay, “How Soil and Water Conservation Improves Water Quality” placed second at the area level.
The Wise Soil and Water Conservation District WSWCD No. 548 was also honored at the banquet with the runner-up award for Outstanding Conservation District. The board took first place in the contest last year.
Lane is the son of Rodney and Lynae Lane and the grandson of Doris Lane. All were on hand for the presentation.
Tanner had placed second with his essay at the district level and was awarded $75 by the Wise SWCD. He was encouraged to enter the contest by his vocational agriculture teacher, Sharon Sackett, who also attended the banquet.
Lane was presented his award by Jule Richmond, immediate past president of the Association of Texas SWCDs.
Cody Gillispie is chairman of the Wise SWCD. He and fellow board members Merlin Remmele, Wayne Long, Bill Fennell and Paul Wood were presented the runner-up plaque by Joe Ward, a member of the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board.
The board was recognized for its partnership in the multi-year project to improve the quality of water entering Eagle Mountain Lake from the lake’s watershed in Wise County.
The district has more than 290 conservation plans filed with Wise County landowners designed to help control nutrients entering the lake. The board’s cooperative agreement with the Wise County Public Works Department was also noted. County crews, headed by Tom Goode, maintain the flood control structures in the county.
Also featured was the board’s work with oil and gas pipeline companies in the county and its sponsorship of poster and essay contests for Wise County students.
Area V of the Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts includes 41 conservation districts in 51 counties. District Conservationist Darnell Willis and Wise SWCD staff member Garry Bible were also on hand for the award presentations.