Ron Meyer, of Pequot Lakes, was honored as the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District Outstanding Conservationist at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts on Dec. 9-10 in Bloomington.
Since 2004, Meyer has led the Pine River Watershed Alliance, a nonprofit group whose main goal is to improve water quality.
From 2008-19, Meyer and the PRWA partnered with the Cass County Farm Bureau to host 11 annual harvest dinners with more than 1,650 people in attendance. Harvest dinners connected ranchers and lakeshore owners through a sit-down local food meal.
In 2016, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency identified Arvig Creek as an impaired stream. Meyer took initiative to build a relationship with a farmer adjacent to the stream. Now the farmer has fenced off the creek, began adaptive grazing techniques and is working to implement cover crops. In 2019, the Crow Wing SWCD and PRWA hired two farmers to talk with landowners about conservation and cattle.
Each year, the state's SWCDs recognize individuals and organizations for outstanding accomplishments in implementing conservation practices and improving Minnesota's natural resources. Meyer was selected by SWCD for the county award and was also awarded The Area 8 (a nine-county area) Conservationist of the Year by The MASWCD award committee.