Awards Program

An Annual Awards Banquet and Program is held in August to recognize landowners who have done outstanding work in soil conservation, windbreak establishment, and wildlife habitat development.
Izaak Walton League of American Windbreak Awards Program

The Izaak Walton League of America Windbreak Awards Program honors farmstead and field windbreaks that demonstrate conservation practices. Windbreaks chosen for recognition must be aesthetically pleasing as part of the natural landscape. Entries are also judged according to the management plan the owner uses to maintain the windbreak. Scroll through this page to see the 2021 award winners.

John & Sharon Vander Waal of Maurice were awarded for their newly established (2-5 year) windbreak located in section 24 of Center Township. They planted 3 rows in 2019, which included Hybrid Willows, Autumn Blaze Maple, and Norway Spruce.

John, Sharon, Krystal, Craig, Dawn, & Pearl Vander Waal


Dave & Lisa De Boer of Boyden were awarded for their established (over 5 years) windbreak located in section 21 of Sheridan Township.  They planted a 5 row CRP windbreak in 2005, which included Green Ash, Lilac, and Colorado Blue Spruce. 

Dave & Lisa De Boer 

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Iowa Soil Conservation Awards Program
Izaak Walton League of American Windbreak Awards Program
Wildlife Habitat Award
Tony Pottebaum Windbreak Award
Conservation Teacher of the Year
Iowa Environmental Leaders