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Mark Hedrich to be inducted into National Association of Conservation Districts’ Hall of Distinction

The Knox-Lincoln SWCD Board of Supervisors and Staff, and the Executive Committee of the Maine Association of Conservation Areas (MACD), have announced that Mark Hedrich, of Agricola Farms, in Union, has been accepted by the National Association of Area Conservation (NACD) for entry into the Special Hall of Excellence. them in 2022.

Hedrich’s service and contributions extend to local, state, and national conservation. His volunteer leadership as the Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District Presidency for several decades—36 continuous years of service—has impacted the local area by prioritizing and remedial natural resources, highlighting concerns about the region’s unique resources, as well as helping to resolve them. To support education and outreach to inform local landowners of available services, financing opportunities and important issues for land owners of all levels; From new landowners to novice farmers to diversified operating property owners/managers.

When farming isn’t Union, Knox-Lincoln SWCD or MACD assists, Hedrich can be found at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry as a nutrient management specialist helping producers plan nutrient management, solar pasture endeavors, irrigation, and composting. Management at the state level.

In addition, Hedrich’s knowledge of farm operations, resources, permit requirements, and soil health provides important input and recommendations for creating and updating information resources—published documents, brochures, and management best practice guides—that provide the farming community with vital materials statewide.

As an expert in carcass composting, Hedrich has helped the farming community nationally as well. He is a USDA recognized fertilizer expert. As such, Hedrich was deployed in 2018 to North Carolina to help poultry operations recover after Hurricane Florence where he worked directly with farmers to oversee poultry losses (broilers) through fertilization.

“His expertise and willingness to deploy is critical during these types of catastrophic events to ensure sustainability and safety on site during devastating animal loss,” Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District said in a press release.

As a member of the Executive Committee of the Maine Association of Conservation Areas, Hedrich makes recommendations and provides guidance to enhance the profile and public awareness of soil and water conservation areas.

“With a long-term awareness of conservation methods, common sense decision-making, and extensive assisting skills, Mark Heydrich deserves more than recognition from the National Association of Conservation Hall of Distinctions,” KL SWCD said.

The induction ceremony will take place during the annual meeting of the National Association of Conservation Areas in February 2022.

For more information on NACD and the Hall of Excellence, please see: https://www.nacdnet.org/about-nacd/nacd-history/hall-of-distinction/.

For more information, please contact Julie at 596-2040 or email julie@knox-lincoln.org.

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