Roy Dunn was one of three Orange County residents presented with awards for soil and water conservation efforts.

David Ball

For The Record

Rueben Stringer of The Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Area IV, said 50 people from Orange County have won awards for conservation activities in the past and this year is no exception.

Roy Dunn of Orange, Devra Cormier of Orangefield and Gerald Langham of Mauriceville, were honored with awards on May 1 at The Norman Activity Center in Jacksonville as regional winners for their lifetime work and also for the past year. Dunn won under the business/professional individual category, Cormier under conservation homemaker and Langham under forestry conservationist. Other categories are student essays and for farmer of the year, etc. There were 33 districts in the state.

Stringer said Dunn has published numerous articles on conservation, safety, clean air and water, wildlife and nature. He estimates Dunn has written at least five conservation articles per week for over 50 years.

Cormier has done “a great job” producing gardens, citrus fruit, sewing, etc., Stringer said.

“She loves to sew and cook all the time. She has an excellent family and she’s an excellent homemaker. She participates in rodeos, she raises chickens, gathers eggs, raises goats, has a flower garden and she cans. She gives a lot away. She participates in the community in a huge way through the (Paul) Cormier Oil Museum,” he said

Last but not least, Langham has worked with Mead Westvaco to make growing eucalyptus trees viable in Southeast Texas — 500 acres of land to maximize production.

The Texas Forest Service and the National Resources Conservation Service are also partners in the venture of different kinds of trees.

For example, the eucalyptus is suppose to mature much faster than other trees with a second crop of tree. Pulp wood can be harvested from them in six years.

Stringer has been with the SWCD since 1986. He said he enjoys seeing people win awards from the organization.

The NRCS has been in existence since 1935 because the Dust Bowl brought a need to bring it into existence.

“I appreciated the people in what they do and I encourage them to continue. Water and soil are essential. To have a good live we need to take care of it.