Preheims win annual Continuation Conservation Award

Peabody landowners Gladys and James Preheim, front, presenter Bruce Schroeder, left, and Wes Shaw and Randy Preheim, operators, accepted the Continuation Conservation Award.Patty Decker/Free Press
Peabody landowners Gladys and James Preheim, front, presenter Bruce Schroeder, left, and Wes Shaw and Randy Preheim, operators, accepted the Continuation Conservation Award.Patty Decker/Free Press
The Continuation Conservation Award was presented to landowners James and Gladys Preheim of Peabody, and Randy Preheim and Wes Shaw, operators, during the Feb. 28 annual meeting of the Marion County Conservation District.

Bruce Schroeder, Marion County Conservation District board member of Hillsboro, said the award is a prestigious honor, and could more commonly be known as, “The Blood, Sweat and Tears Award.”

“For many years, the Preheim’s have lived within the rules and regulation—satisfying all the requirements involved,” Schroeder said. “It entailed a great deal of planning, experience and fortitude.”

The Preheim’s started applying conservation practices to their property in the mid-1960s, he said, and started with grass waterways and added terraces later.

“The family is still interested in conserving their land by applying additional practices,” Schroeder said.