HAWARDEN—John and Joann Degen of Hawarden were chosen as the Wildlife Habitat Award winner. It was one of the awards presented at the Sioux County Soil & Water Conservation District’s annual conservation awards banquet and program on July 22.
The Wildlife Habitat Award is given to a landowner or producer who has planted or seeded an area to enhance and increase wildlife habitat. The Degen’s wildlife area is located north of Hawarden. There are 82 acres in section 14 of Buncombe Township enrolled into the CRP, 67 acres were seeded down in 2016. Some of the species found include black-eyed Susan, gray headed coneflower, wild bergamot, goldenrod, big bluestem, switch grass and rye. Another 15 acres has been enrolled in CRP since 1987. South of the home place, another 41 acres was enrolled in CRP and has an excellent stand of native grasses and forbs.
The Iowa Soil Conservation Awards Program is sponsored to encourage better land use programs and environmental control on the farm. These are family-operated farms or owner-operated farms on which the owner-operator has established and maintained the most complete conservation program on their land. Each year through its awards program, the conservation district recognizes landowners and/or producers who have achieved high standards of conservation work.