The McHenry County Conservation District received a national award recognizing its work with conservation, green capital improvement projects and an active volunteer program aimed at promoting environmental stewardship, according to a media release.
The National Recreation and Park Association gives the Barb King Environmental Stewardship Award to a parks and recreation agency that has achieved excellence in environmental stewardship.
The conservation district was recognized in particular for its leadership role in establishing the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge; for promoting sound environmental practices through the newly renovated Lost Valley Visitor Center, the first public LEED Gold certified building in the county; for the establishment of green practices within agency operations; and for promoting environmental stewardship through the People and Nature and Weekend of Restoration volunteer programs.
Conservation district officers also were recognized at the Chicagoland Motorcycle Safety Expo and Skills Seminar.
Officer Ben Wolfe served as one of the instructors at the three-day event.
Wolfe was also one of two conservation district officers to place in the competition portion of the event, which pits officers from across the U.S. and Canada against each other.
Wolfe received first place in the Main Skills Police Expert Division, in the slow ride and in the "Last Man Standing" competition. Officer Ryan Stewart placed third in the Main Skills Police Expert Division.
Jointly, Stewart and Wolfe took home first in the partner ride competition.
– Emily K. Coleman