Salem - The State Land Board today recognized the Neitzel Farm Habitat Restoration in an awards ceremony honoring exemplary efforts to promote responsible stewardship of Oregon's natural resources.

In presenting one of two 2009 Wetland Project Awards, Secretary of State Kate Brown, a member of the Land Board, praised the project as a "model of rural community networking."

The Neitzel farm is the last historic truck farm in the area that has not been subdivided. The owners - Ernestine Neitzel and her son Les - wanted to ensure the property would be preserved in a natural state in perpetuity. The project turned .61 acres on the farm into active wetlands.

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