The “Conservationist of the year” award will be given to Russ Hicks from Eaton Rapids at the upcoming Eaton Conservation District Annual Meeting in appreciation of his dedication to Eaton County’s Natural Resources.
The Eaton Conservation Districts annually recognizes an outstanding individual, business, organization, or agency outside the association for outstanding contributions to the conservation of our natural resources in Eaton County, Michigan. This award seeks to recognize outstanding contributions to: 1) improve the understanding of natural resource conservation by the public, 2) participate in resource management practices in cooperation with a conservation district, state or national conservation program, and 3) further the mission of the Eaton Conservation Districts as the local provider of natural resource management services that help our citizens conserve their lands and our State’s resources for a cleaner, healthier, economically stronger Michigan.
Russ has shown outstanding dedication to our local rivers and recreation. He has been a champion of the Return the Rapids to Eaton Rapids Project. He has gone door to door drumming up support and funds for the project. He has volunteered countless hours measuring rocks and working on grant applications.
Russ has been the heart, soul and eyes/vision for The Quiet Water Society's ability to attract over 2,000 visitors annually to The Quiet Water Symposium. The speakers list fills up every year with excellent internationally known speakers and has become an integral part of Michigan State University's Agriculture and Natural Resources Week every year in early March.
The Eaton Conservation District would like to applaud Russ Hicks commitment to water quality and recreation.