Lee McDaniel Honored with National Association of Conservation Districts’ Prestigious President’s Award

February 4, 2012 by deercreekmd 

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) honored leaders in conservation during a special awards banquet last night. The ceremony was part of NACD’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas and was moderated by National Association of Farm Broadcasting President Tom Steever.

Lee McDaniel, NACD Executive Board Member and Deer Creek Watershed Association past president and board member from Darlington, Md., was honored with the prestigious President’s Award – one of highest forms of recognition bestowed by the nation’s largest private lands conservation organization.

“As I look back over the past year, I am humbled by the fact that we are clearly making a difference for conservation at the national scale,” said NACD President Gene Schmidt. “Someone who has been truly instrumental in helping us make the advances we have is Lee McDaniel. Whenever there’s been a challenge or an opportunity, Lee has stepped up to the plate and gone above-and-beyond for the cause of conservation.”

McDaniel, a beef and crop farmer, is deeply involved in conservation issues both locally and nationally. McDaniel serves on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Advisory Committee. He manages family-owned and operated Indian Spring Farms and has been recognized as the Harford Soil Conservation Farmer of the Year. He currently serves as chairman of the Harford Soil Conservation District.

The National Association of Conservation Districts is the non-profit organization that represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, their state associations and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For more than 70 years, local conservation districts have worked with cooperating landowners and managers of private working lands to help them plan and apply effective conservation practices. For more information about NACD, visit:

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