The State Land Board presented awards to two recipients of the 15th Annual State Land Board Awards, including the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, at its regular meeting in Salem, June 11.
The awards recognize responsible, sustainable stewardship of Oregon's natural resources.
The Land Board, composed of the governor, the state treasurer and the secretary of state, presented its Wetland Award to Cavender Wetland Enhancement, a Grant County partnership that worked to protect a 9.7-acre wetland in Monument.
The partnership included property owner Jack and Judy Cavender, the Monument Soil and Water Conservation District, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and Bonneville Power Administration, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The Land Board also presented its Partnership Award to the Oregon Fishermen's Cable Committee Inc. for its submarine cable landing project. For more than 20 years, the OFCC worked — and continues to work — cooperatively with multiple submarine cable system owners on projects to develop and land cable systems on the Oregon Coast.
"I am impressed by the levels of creativity, cooperation, and initiative we see from our project partners," said Gov. Kate Brown. "We celebrate our awardees and their positive impact on the state of Oregon and our incredible natural resources."
Since 2004, the Land Board has given 33 awards to people and organizations across the state for their extraordinary effort, vision, and dedication to Oregon.
Award winners have come from all geographic regions: from Northeast Oregon to the Central Coast; large cities to rural communities; and the Willamette Valley to Southern Oregon.
Awards have gone to watershed councils, private landowners, a port, small nonprofits, government agencies, large environmental organizations, and law enforcement groups. Honored projects have been supported by an array of partnerships and funding sources.
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