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County land stewards convene

Logan County land and those who care for it were in the spotlight Tuesday night at the joint annual meetings of the Logan County Farm Bureau and the Logan Soil and Water Conservation District at Winner’s Harvest Barn.

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Randy and Vicki Smith’s conservation projects on their Jefferson Township property earned them the 2012 Logan County Soil and Water Conservation District’s 2012 cooperator of the year award. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MIRIAM BAIER)

Vicki and Randy Smith of rural Bellefontaine were recognized as the SWCD’s cooperators of the year for the work they have completed and the outlook they have for their 70-acre Jefferson Township property. The couple purchased the property in 2006 within 24 hours of viewing it, believing the farm “needed” them.

They developed a conservation action plan which included planting trees protected by tree shelters on which the deer like to scratch their antlers, planting prairie and native grasses, developed a savanna to promote strong undergrowth and installed a vernal pool (temporary wetland) among other conservation programs.

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