Saint Meinrad Archabbey receives Friend of Conservation Award
January 10, 2014
Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, was
honored at the 2014 annual conference of Indiana Soil and Water
Conservation Districts on January 7, in Indianapolis.
Saint Meinrad received the Friend of Conservation Award in the
nonprofit category for its outstanding contribution to soil and
water conservation in Indiana. Fr. Guy Mansini, OSB, a monk of
Saint Meinrad and the Archabbey forester, accepted the award on
behalf of the monastery.
The Spencer County Soil and Water Conservation District
nominated the monastery for the award.
Since 2006, the Archabbey has developed 184 new acres of
woodlands, with the help of American Electric Power Co., and 384
acres of wetlands with the Wetland Reserve Program of the Natural
Resources Conservation Service. The land had formerly been used for
farming and livestock.
Saint Meinrad Archabbey has demonstrated a sustained commitment
to the Classified Forest Program and has been supportive of
forests, forestry and the forest industry in the area.
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Photo: From left are Fr. Guy Mansini, OSB, of
Saint Meinrad Archabbey; Jeff Meinders, president of the Indiana
Soil and Water Conservation Districts; and the Individual Friend of
Conservation award recipient, Teri Grossman from Wayne County.