Kenton Macy of Charleston was chosen as Coles County SWCD’s 2020 Conservationist of the Year. Since his retirement from NRCS in 2017, Macy has been volunteering for several local, grass-roots conservation organizations including the Embarras Volunteer Stewards, Grand Prairie Friends, Lincoln Heritage RC&D, and the Lincoln Heritage chapter of Pheasants Forever. Through these organizations he has assisted many landowners with habitat restoration projects such as invasive species removal and prescribed burning. He has also served as a presenter at numerous SWCD events.
In addition to his volunteer service, he’s been enjoying more time to travel with his wife Dorothy, at least prior to 2020! You may know Mrs. Macy from Mark Twain Elementary School, where she worked as a paraprofessional prior to her retirement. She is now a much appreciated substitute teacher for kindergarteners. The Macys have also spent some time visiting their children—Nathan is an environmental health and safety officer in Texas, Aaron just completed his PhD in marine ecology from University of South Alabama, and Stacia is a deputy game warden in Wisconsin. Congratulations to Kenton Macy!
The object of this award is to provide recognition to an outstanding conservationist in the Coles County Soil and Water Conservation District that exemplifies Total Resource Management. Recipients are selected based on their use of best management practices, implementation of new and innovative technologies, demonstrations of commitment to conservation and stewardship, participation in educational programs and community involvement, and leadership in community, government, and nonprofit or grassroots groups to further their work.