Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District invites the public to its Virtual Conservation Awards Celebration Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 5:30 pm. The event will include this year’s awards, panel discussion, and District highlights.

This year’s awards go to:

Cooperator of the Year: Merryspring Nature Center, Camden, for their multi-year commitment in identifying and managing invasive plants and their continued implementation and demonstration of conservation practices.

The Cooperator of the Year award will go to Merryspring Nature Center in Camden.

Conservation in Forestry: Barrie Brusila, Mid-Maine Forestry, Warren, for her work spanning several decades with the District, Envirothon, her forestry work in Knox & Lincoln counties, and most recently her contributions to the Governor’s Carbon Task Force.

Conservation in Water Quality: David and Melissa Boynton, Whitefield, for their efforts in conserving water quality on their land.

Awards presentations will be followed by the guest panel on forest carbon mitigation at 6:30 pm: Adam Daigneault, E.L. Giddings Associate Professor of Forest Policy & Economics at the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine; Barrie Brusila, of Mid-Maine Forestry and David (Tracy) Moskovitz, who helped established Hidden Valley Nature Center. Moskovitz and Bambi Jones founded HVNC as a nonprofit educational organization on 1,000 acres of their land. In 2018, Midcoast Conservancy acquired HVNC and continues to operate the protected land as an educational resource for forest conservation practices.

Admission to the Awards Celebration is free, but participants must register to receive a link to this event. Visit to register for the event. For more information about attending the event or sponsorship opportunities, call Julie at 596-2040 or email