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. Students who win at the Region 1 and State Poster Contest competition receive their certificates and cash prizes at the awards banquet as well.
Tony Pottebaum Windbreak Award

The Sioux County Soil & Water Conservation District has established a Tony Pottebaum Windbreak Award. The award is given in memory of Tony Pottebaum who was a commissioner from 1983-98. Criteria to receive this award include a windbreak that is over 5 years old, must be seven or more rows, and weed control and care must be evident. The District will award $200 and a certificate to an outstanding windbreak which qualifies.

Gervin & Helen Bonnema of Orange City are the 2018 Winners.  The windbreak is located south of Orange City.  The windbreak was planted in 1991.  Species planted include Austrian pine, Colorado blue spruce, cotoneaster, green ash, and silver maple.   A total of 325 trees and shrubs were planted.  Recently a few more evergreens were added along with some replacement trees.


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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