The Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ (IASWCD) Friend of Conservation Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to soil and water conservation in Indiana.

Categories for the Friend of Conservation Award are Corporate, Individual, and Nonprofit/Government.  

2023 Award Recipients

Purdue University, Agriculture. Created in 2007, the Help the Hellbender project combines research, outreach and a rearing program to improve conservation efforts and the hellbender population. Read more about this project on the Help the Hellbender webpage.

Bottom Row, LtoR: Virginia Morris (Harrison County SWCD Office Manager), Eliza Hudson (Regional Conservation Partnership Program Coordinator for the Farmers Helping Hellbenders Program), and
Cora Brown (Washington County SWCD Technician)
Top Row, LtoR: Aaron Walker (Washington County SWCD Supervisor), Nevada Wagers (Washington County SWCD Office Manager), Rhonda Johnson (Washington County SWCD Supervisor), and Ruth Hackman (Washington County NRCS District Conservationist)

Warren County. Mr. Klemme produced Land Values, a documentary film that tells the stories of local farmers adopting conservation practices amidst challenges. It showcases the collective efforts of farmers, landowners and stakeholders and their economic and environmental success in the Big Pine Creek watershed.

Johnny Klemme