Shenandoah County Groups Honored for Conservation Work

Congratulations to Friends of the North Fork and Shenandoah Forum for the conservation awards they received Nov. 14 from the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District. The SWCD annually honors community members and organizations that have made sweeping efforts to improve the region’s soil and water quality.

Cindy Frenzel of Friends received the Outstanding Educator Award for her work to increase the Friends of the North Fork education efforts. Friends Executive Director Leslie Mitchell said the award recognizes the huge effort made by the group to educate the community on the river’s importance.

Shenandoah Forum received the Conservation Partner Award for promoting accurate, useful and balanced information for agricultural growth in Shenandoah County. The SWCD statement noted that  Forum “board members work closely with the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors and have actively supported the County’s 2005 update of its comprehensive plan and subsequent policies to preserve agriculture, maintain its rural areas and enhance its towns. Shenandoah Forum has been a leader in promoting Buy Fresh, Buy Local in the County and sponsored for each of the past 2 years a $10 a week challenge to encourage residents to purchase locally produced foods and products.  This effort has brought additional visibility to the County’s farm stands and farm markets, all of which reported an increase in business when the $10 a week Challenge was launched in 2012.  In spring 2013, it held a workshop to promote conservation easements that was standing room only.”