This year's award marks the third in four years for the O'Brien County Conservation Board. The board earned a second place award for counties with under 20,000 population in 2008 and 2009. This year O'Brien County received a first place award for this division.
Terry Boltjes began serving as director of the O'Brien County Conservation Board in 2003. At that time, he was encouraged by the board chairman, Jim Norton, to make wildlife habitat preservation a priority. The board's vision and the efforts of the director and park rangers have led to improved wildlife habitat areas within the county.
"This represents a big achievement for the size of our county, especially in these times where the economy pushes towards habitat loss instead of preservation," stated Boltjes.
The Conservation Board staff is willing to assist landowners with habitat planning, native seeding, and controlled burns. Contact the O'Brien County Conservation Board at 712-295-7200 if they can be of service to you.