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54 student teams representing the United States, Canada, and China put their skills to the test at the world’s largest high school-level natural resources education competition.

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2017 – A five-member team of high school students from Pennsylvania has been named the winner of the 2017 NCF-Envirothon, a leading environmental education program run by the National Conservation Foundation (NCF). The Hot Springs Scat Cats from Truth or Consequences, NM place third in the National competition and were awarded $5,000.  The top three scoring teams were awarded a total of $30,000 in cash prizes at an awards ceremony held at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, on Friday.

The 2017 NCF-Envirothon’s cash prizes were sponsored by Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer and processor. Other event sponsors included the National Association of Conservation Districts, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and other organizations recognized here on the official NCF-Envirothon website.

This year, high schools from 45 states, seven Canadian provinces, and two Chinese provinces participated in the NCF-Envirothon at the state/provincial, regional, and international levels.

 “This year’s competitors blew the judges away with their advanced critical thinking skills and mastery of soils, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and agricultural soil and water conservation stewardship.” 

The top three teams from the 2017 NCF-Envirothon are:


High School




Pencrest High School

Media, Pennsylvania



The Mount Academy

Esopus, New York

New York


Hot Springs High School

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

New Mexico


Awards presented during the NMACD Region Meeting held in June at Elephant Butte Inn

2017 Region 3 Conservationist of the Year, Mr. Lane Hauser, 
BLM Range Management Specialist

In Appreciation of his Diligent Efforts & Unmatched Performance in Making Conservation a Priority in not only Sierra, but throughout Southern New Mexico...Pictured with Lane are Crystal Diamond and Travis Day, Sierra SWCD.

                                   2017 Outstanding Land Stewardship Award goes to
                                              Rancher Robert Gobleck, Deming SWCD

    In recognition of private landowners for excellence in applying conservation measures on their lands, the 2017 Outstanding Land Stewardship Award to Rancher Robert Gobleck.  He is the caretaker of over 12,000 acres of ranchlands near Deming. The numerous conservation practices and programs implemented by him earned this award.  Nancy Cloption, Vice Chair of the Deming SWCD, accepted the award on behalf of Mr. Gobleck.  Presented by Dee Wear, Region III Chair.

Shining District Achievement Award
Accepting are Travis Day, Jennie Bierner, Crystal Diamond, Willard Hall and Steve Janos, 
members of the Sierra SWCD and Staff

    After identifying conservation education of community stakeholders as a primary goal, this district focused on reviving a valuable educational tool. The dilapidated condition of the Rolling Rivers Trailer caused by heavy use and years of sun damage decreased the trailers capability to travel and the ability to effectively educate audiences through demonstrations. Refurbishing the trailer to pristine condition involved a heavy investment of time and finances.  In recognition of the Rolling Rovers Restoration Project, the Sierra SWCD was awarded the Shining District Achievement Award.

Outstanding Conservation District of the Year

For services provided to their district producers including Interstate Stream Loan Programs & Tree Seeding Program and the continued involvement of district staff and supervisors throughout their community to ensure the mission set forth by the district is carried out, the Deming SWCD has been selected the Outstanding Conservation District of the Year.  The award was accepted by Nancy Clopton, Vice Chair of the Deming SWCD, and Pennie Hooper, District Manager.

Dee Wear, Region III Chair, presented Crystal Diamond with a beautiful silver horse.  Dee's comments included:  "This is a sincere thank you to a solid professional who tenaciously serves the cause and pulls well more than her share.  Crystal is an instrumental force not only in her local and neighboring districts but also in the completion of Region III business."

Team 7 NRCS District Conservationist, Matt Wiseman, made a special presentation to Pennie Hooper for her dedication, work ethic and effort as his Team Farm Bill Program Specialist as well as her service to the Deming SWCD.


The hydrology group at New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources at NM Tech in Socorro would like to reach out to rural communities (Public and Private Supply) to participate in a Collaborative Groundwater Monitoring Network.  Their brochure is posted in a .jpg file at the bottom of this page.  For more information, please go to: or contact Aquifer Mapping Program Manager, Stacy Timmons, 575-835-6951 (

NMACD Admin,
Apr 19, 2017, 3:48 PM
NMACD Admin,
Apr 19, 2017, 2:34 PM