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Former IL State Conservationist Recognized

Paige Buck, State Public Affairs Specialist
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Champaign, IL--Pictured is former State Conservationist for the Illinois’ Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Bill Gradle and wife Sally. Last month, the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts named Gradle its 2012 “Friend of Conservation” award at the organization’s Annual Meeting in Springfield.

While announcing the award, Association Vice-President and Legislative Chair, Lonnie Wilson praised Mr. Gradle’s dedication as a conservationist throughout his entire 34-year long NRCS career´┐Ż15 of which he served as the NRCS state leader here in Illinois.

“His unwavering support for the soil and water conservation districts has been a hallmark of his term as Illinois’ State Conservationist and we are appreciative of the contribution agreements, paid computer seats, office space and the many other supportive actions he has taken over the years.

For these reasons and others too numerous to mention, the selection committee unanimously chose Bill as the 2012 Friend of Conservation”, said Mr. Wilson.

Bill Gradle and wife Sally hold the award give by AISWCD
Bill Gradle with his wife Sally.



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