Gary Lentz, of rural Echo, was selected by the Yellow Medicine Conservation District staff and supervisors as the top conservationist in Yellow Medicine County for 2013.
Gary has shown a tremendous commitment to preserving native plant species and wildlife on his 160 acres of ravines, habitat and pastureland in Sioux Agency Township.
Gary has worked with many organizations over the years, such as CURE, was appointed to a hazardous pollution council by Governor Rudy Perpich, and has partnered with the E.C.H.O. Charter School with some hands on educational activities on his prairie lands. The following is an excerpt from his nomination as a candidate for the Minnesota Outstanding Conservationist Award:
“Mr. Lentz is a lifetime conservationist and activist for proper utilization of our precious resources without depletion and in some examples he has proven that utilization has added vitality to those resources, rather than letting them remain idle. He is devoted, in his retirement, to educate the public about the need to retain the resource, culture, and history of the Minnesota, namely Yellow Medicine County, landscape.
He was born, raised, and acted as a steward of the land within a few miles of him, making him a high authority on the past, present, and hopeful future of the landscape.
He has proven those qualities on the entire Minnesota River basin through his group work and single handed hard fought labor.
Gary Lentz deserves this state conservationist award. Citing his character, knowledge, and passion for protecting all aspects of the environment in which he and his neighbors reside.”