Celebrating Agricultural Conservation in Saginaw Bay

The Nature Conservancy Now Accepting Award Nominations for Bay Area Farmers

Saginaw Bay, Michigan

Stars achieving excellence in their work will be celebrated not only at the Oscars in Hollywood next March, but also in Saginaw Bay at a new awards program organized by The Nature Conservancy to recognize Saginaw Bay area farmers, agribusinesses and conservation professionals that have made significant contributions to agricultural conservation in the watershed.

Nominations are now open for the awards, in several categories including: Conservation Innovation, Veteran, Newcomer, Impact and more. The program will to shine a spotlight on exemplary work in the field to improve agricultural practices for people and nature.

For the last three years, the Conservancy has partnered with agribusinesses, governments, corporations, non-profits and conservation agencies to test innovative agricultural conservation programs in critical areas of the Saginaw Bay Watershed—reducing more than 1,260 tons of sediment runoff in Michigan’s largest watershed. These practices help farmers retain healthy and productive soil while providing ecological and economic benefits to the community.

The inaugural awards dinner will take place on Thursday, March 1, 2018 in Bay City. The Conservancy has convened a selection committee consisting of representatives from the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Bureau, Michigan Agri-Business Association, Michigan Department of Agricultural and Rural Development and Delta Institute.

“We’re very excited to come together and provide much earned recognition for area farmers that have worked hard to better their farms and better the Bay,” said Mary Fales, The Nature Conservancy’s Saginaw Bay program director. “This is a great opportunity for farmers to receive wide-spread recognition while also encouraging other members in the community to participate in conservation practices.”

Award winners will be honored at the event and featured in Conservancy communications. In addition, each winner will receive a custom framed award featuring stunning photography of the Saginaw Bay Watershed.

To make a nomination or to learn more about the awards, visit

“We look forward to receiving nominations and highlighting important conservation work taking place in Saginaw Bay,” Fales said.

For questions or assistance, contact Mary Fales at 517-316-2278 or

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