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February 14, 2011

Conservation District names Bryant 2010 Master Conservationist

CORBIN — Special to the Times-Tribune

Williamsburg resident Lee Bryant has been selected by the Whitley County Conservation District as the recipient of the 2010 Master Conservationist Award.

Nationwide, less than two percent of those individuals engaged in agriculture accomplish the task of becoming a Master Conservationist. The Master Conservationist Award recognizes that a landowner has addressed over 90 percent of the needed natural resource improvements on the property under their control and they have done this in a manner that exceeds the normal expectations.

Bryant’s dedication to conservation began when Bryant and a group of friends purchased previously mined land for private hunting rights. Soon small projects such as hunting blinds and deer feeders gave way to conservation planning and stewardship. Here’s a brief listing of completed conservation activities that have qualified Bryant for this award:

—Through the course of two consecutive five-year contracts in USDA’s Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program, Bryant installed 3,500 trees and shrubs and began the development of 32 acres of wildlife corridors and improvement of drainage areas

—Planted 50 acres of warm season grasses

—15 acres of rotating food plots supply food and cover to a variety of species

—Maintains and manages 40 wood duck blinds, 30 bluebird boxes and 15 small game piles

—Vegetation is managed to allow access to water bodies while maintaining the banks and riparian conditions

—Manages seasonal wetlands by installing flashboard riser systems at three separate locations

—Received a Tree Farm Certification through the American Forest Foundation

—Partnered with the American Chestnut Foundation to plant over 400 chestnut trees for an ongoing research project

—Currently performing timber stand improvement with the Kentucky Division of Forestry

The Whitley County Conservation District recognizes an important task well done and congratulates Lee Bryant for his accomplishment.

To learn more about the Whitley County Conservation District, visit whitleyconservation.com.

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