Cindy Thieman, watershed coordinator with the Hood River SWCD, and Ron Alvarado, NRCS Oregon State conservationist, at the April 18 NRCS partnership award ceremony.
As of Friday, April 27, 2018
Cindy Thieman, Hood River Soil and Water Conservation District coordinator, received the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) District Employee Partnership Award at a ceremony April 18, held in Seaside and hosted by the Oregon Conservation Education and Assistance Network.
The annual awards recognize conservation districts or employees who have provided “exemplary assistance to implement conservation programs on Oregon’s private working agriculture lands and forestlands,” said a press release.
Thieman was recognized for providing outstanding support in securing a successfully-funded RCPP project for the East Fork Irrigation District in the Hood River Watershed, said NRCS.
“Cindy’s ability to build and maintain relationships with local agencies, landowners and other partners has helped forge a strong and focused alliance within the community to achieve natural resource outcomes within the county, watershed and basin boundaries,” said a press release.
“These relationships, combined with Cindy’s technical knowledge, attention to detail, and skillful writing, have enabled the county to leverage numerous funding sources for conservation delivery. Cindy is a noteworthy example of how partners can build better communities by working together to achieve shared natural resource goals.”
Yamhill SWCD and Illinois Valley SWCD were also honored at the April 18 event, receiving the District Partnership awards.
With a field office in nearly every Oregon county, NRCS works closely with local SWCDs to deliver technical and financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and non-industrial private woodland owners to conserve vital natural resources on private lands while support local urban and rural economies, said a press release. For more information about NRCS Oregon and conservation opportunities in the state, visit www.or.nrcs.usda.gov.