Conservation Achievement Award

Chris and Shirley Charles
Aerial photo of Charles farmstead

Each year, soil conservation districts recognize local producers for their conservation efforts at the Achievement Banquet at the Annual Meeting and State Convention of the North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts.  Winners are chosen based on the exemplary conservation practices implemented on their land.

Chris and Shirley Charles are beekeepers with 10,000 honeybee colonies working in Foster and neighboring counties.  Their home place in southwestern Foster County is a half section that they have tried to make into good wildlife habitat.  They have planted about 70 acres of that to trees.  About 220 acres is former CRP around wetlands and a stretch of Little Pipestem Creek that they have left in grass and maintain with late haying to avoid nesting season.  They have put in wildlife food plots including alfalfa, six acres of corn, and a large pumpkin and squash patch.  They also planted a pollinator garden in their yard.  The result has been habitat that supports deer, waterfowl, pheasants and other birds, monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

Congratulations to Chris and Shirley Charles for being the Foster County Conservation Achievement Award recipients for 2020.

Due to Covid, there was no convention in 2021 and no Achievement Award was presented.

He that plants a tree loves others besides himself. -- English proverb