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Saint Meinrad Archabbey receives Friend of Conservation Award

January 10, 2014

Pic _news _Conservation _AwardSaint 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.