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TCDEA tree planting

Date: January 28, 2011
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Group/Individual: NACD, Tennessee conservation districts, TACD, National Conservation Districts Employee Association

The 2011 NACD Annual Meeting kicked off with a Living Legacy tree planting. NACD representatives, Tennessee conservation districts and their state association, National Conservation Districts Employee Association and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company presented products and donations for a greenhouse project at the Tennessee School for the Blind.

TCDEA tree planting

Date: September 2010
Location: Jabez, Kentucky
Group/Individual: Kentucky Conservation District Employee Association

The Kentucky Conservation District Employee Association (KACDE) held their 6th annual conference at the 4-H Leadership Center in Jabez, Ken. The conference commenced with the planting of a red oak tree, as part of the Olin Sims Living Legacy project.

TCDEA tree planting

Date: August 2010
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Group/Individual: Tennessee Conservation District Employees Association

Southeast Region conservationists headed to Nashville, Tennessee August 8-10 to take part in the SE NACD Region meeting hosted by the Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts (TACD). The Tennessee Conservation District Employees Association recently gathered at the Agricultural Center to plant a Tulip Poplar, the state tree of TN, as a living legacy to NACD Past President Olin Sims.

TCDEA tree planting

Date: May 27, 2010
Location: Upton, Wyoming
Group/Individual: Weston County NACD, Town of Upton and WCNRD

On May 27, 2010, Weston County Natural Resource District Supervisor Gene Norman, Norman's son, daughter in law and grandchildren, Town of Upton employee Bob Willis and WCNRD Manager Christina Schmidt planted a 'Royalty' crabapple tree at the Upton Town Park. This is the second memorial tree the District has planted in honor of Sims.

TCDEA tree planting

Date: March 2, 2010
Type of Tree Planted: Tulip Poplar
Location: Ellington Agriculture Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Group/Individual: Tennessee Conservation District Employees Association

During a March 2 workshop, the Tennessee Conservation District Employees Association planted their state tree, the Tulip Poplar, in a small dedication ceremony for Olin Sims.

NvACD tree planting

Date: November 4, 2009
Type of Tree Planted: Blaze Maple Tree
Location: Fallon, Nevada
Group/Individual: Nevada Association of Conservation Districts and City of Fallon

During the conference, a Blaze Maple tree was dedicated by the NvACD and the City of Fallon as part of the Olin Sims Living Legacy. Sims was president of the National Association of Conservation Districts in 2007, when he lost his life in a tragic accident. "He was many things to many people," said NvACD President Patricia Griswold. "But to conservation districts, he was our president, our leader, our friend and a man who lived what he preached. Sims' presence is deeply missed, but his legacy remains in our lives and hearts."

OFSWCD tree planting

Date: September 25, 2009
Location: Montana State Capitol
Group/Individual: Representatives from Montana’s conservation community

Representatives from Montana’s conservation community gather on 25th September 2009 in the shadows of the Montana State Capitol to plant a tree to honor the memory of Olin Sims.

OFSWCD tree planting

Date: August 24, 2009
Type of tree planted: Pin Oak
Location: Farm Science Review, OFSWCD Federation Park, Ohio
Group/Individual: Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Olin truly had a deep passion for conservation. He brought this love, leadership skills, and a great commitment to his service while at NACD. And although he was from Wyoming, he represented Ohio just as though he was a Buckeye! May this tree serve as a living legacy in tribute to Olin Sims—a true conservationist, leader and friend.

Laramie, WY planting

Date: August 5, 2009
Type of tree planted: Honeylocust
Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Group/Individual: Laramie County Conservation District

The Laramie County Conservation District Staff, Board Members and Families held a small ceremony in remembrance of Olin Sims, the 2007 NACD President, and passed Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts President. 

A Honeylocust tree was planted in memory of Olin at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Contestants Office at the CFD Park in Cheyenne, Wyoming. 

PIne Haven Planting

Date: July 28, 2009
Type of tree planted: Golden Curls Willow
Location: Pine Haven, Wyoming
Group/Individual: Crook County Natural Resource District & Town of Pine Haven (Town Council, Chamber of Commerce, Recreation Board & Beautification Alliance)

A Golden Curls Willow recently was planted during a community event in a small park in Pine Haven overlooking Keyhole Reservoir in honor of Olin Sims and the legacy he left behind. This hardy Willow should flourish, thanks to an underground sprinkler system and regular maintenance provided by the town. Its corkscrew-like branches and showy golden color make it a flashy tree, and its size (up to 40' tall and 25' wide) means it will protect generations of Pine Haven park goers from sun and wind.

Lander, WY planting

Date: July 15, 2009
Type of tree planted: Seedling tree demonstration garden
Location: Lander, Wyoming
Group/Individual: Popo Agie Conservation District Board and Staff

A seedling tree demonstration garden and memorial plaque were dedicated to honor and remember our friend and leader Olin Sims.  The demonstration garden is located at the main entrance of the Popo Agie Conservation District Office.

New Mexico tree planting

Date: July 14, 2009
Type of tree planted: Ponderosa Pine
Location: Estancia, New Mexico
Group/Individual: Cyle Sharp and the East Torrance SWCD Board and Staff

Mr. Cyle Sharp and the East Torrance Soil & Water Conservation District board and staff recently planted two living legacy tress in honor of a loyal and committed Conservationist: Mr. Olin Sims. Two Ponderosa Pines were planted in honor of Olin's work and loyal commitment to NACD, coupled with his great professionalism and dedication to creating, nurturing and furthering the cause for conservation. Pictured above: former East Torrance SWCD board member and State NMACD President Cyle Sharp, East Torrance SWCD Manager Cheri Lujan and East Torrance SWCD member and NMACD Secretary-Treasurer Jim Berlier.

Albany County tree planting

Date: July 9, 2009
Type of tree planted: Colorado Blue Spruce
Location: Albany County Fairgrounds Laramie, Wyoming
Group/Individual: Laramie Rivers Conservation District and Little Horse Power 4-H Club

Laramie Rivers Conservation District and the Little Horse Power 4-H Club recently held a Living Legacy planting in honor of Olin Sims and the Sims Family in Laramie, Wyoming. A Colorado Blue Spruce was planted and a plaque was placed outside of the Jim Talbot Beef Pavilion at the Albany County Fairgrounds. It will serve as a reminder to all of Olin's many contributions to the Albany County Fair, 4-H and the people in our community. Thank you Olin!

North Dakota tree planting

Date: June 30, 2009
Type of tree planted: Mongolian Linden (Harvest Gold variety)
Location: Lincoln Oakes Nursery, Bismarck, North Dakota
Group/Individual: Northern Plains Region Leaders and NACD Staff

As a part of the Northern Plains Region meeting, the five states' attendees toured the Gabe Brown ranch, Lincoln-Oakes Nursery and Mandan Agricultural Research Service Lab. During the Lincoln-Oakes stop, a Mongolian Linden (Harvest Gold variety) was planted and dedicated to the memory of Olin Sims. The linden is located just north of the Lincoln-Oakes Nursery office building and is marked with a dedication plaque.

Illinois tree planting

Date: June 15, 2009
Type of tree planted: White Oak
Location: Springfield, Illinois
Group/Individual: Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation District Board and Members

On June 30, 2009, (from left) Terry Davis, James Todd and Kenneth Kesler of the Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts dedicated a White Oak to the memory of Olin Sims.

WACD tree planting

Date: June 8, 2009
Type of tree planted: Plains Cottonwood
Location: Douglas, Wyoming
Group/Individual: Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts

The Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts recently held an Olin Sims Living Legacy tree planting at the Wyoming State Fair Grounds in Douglas, WY. Fifty friends and family gathered to plant a Plains Cottonwood tree in memory of 2007 NACD President and fellow Wyomingite Olin Sims.

Mississippi tree planting

Date: June 4, 2009
Type of tree planted: Red Oak
Location: Central Mississippi Research and Development Center, Raymond, Mississippi
Group/Individual: Mississippi Conservation Partners

Conservation partners in Mississippi planted a Red Oak in memory of Olin Sims in June 2009. The tree planting occured at the Central Mississippi Research and Development Center of the Mississippi State University Cooperative Extension Service in Raymond, Mississippi. Pictured above (l-r) are (front row) Phylis Vandvere, NACD Southeast Region Representative; Don Underwood, MSWCC Executive Director; Bill Taylor, MACD Board Member; Jim Harreld, NACD Board member; (back row) Jim Simpson, MACD Board member; and Andy Roy Cotton, MACD Board member.

UACD tree planting

Date: June 3, 2009
Type of tree planted: Douglas Hawthorn
Location: Kaysville, Utah
Group/Individual: Utah Association of Conservation Districts

The Utah Association of Conservation Districts (UACD) planted a 25 gallon Douglas Hawthorn at the Utah Botanical Center in Kaysville. In attendance were Davis Conservation District Supervisors, UACD leaders and employees, and partner agencies. A commemorative plaque will be placed inside the Garden's Wetland Discover Point building later this year.

Weston tree planting

Date: May 21, 2009
Type of tree planted: Colorado Blue Spruce
Location: Newcastle, Wyoming
Group/Individual: Weston County Natural Resource District

The Weston County Natural Resource District joined with the City of Newcastle, Wyoming and recently planted a Colorado Blue Spruce at Larry Price Park as an Olin Sims Living Legacy. Former District Manager Carol Nicholls and current District Manager Christina Schmidt assisted with the planting, along with City employees.

South Goshen tree planting

Date: May 21, 2009
Type of tree planted: Bur Oak
Location: LaGrange, Wyoming
Group/Individual: South Goshen Conservation District Board and District Employees

The South Goshen Conservation District planted a Bur Oak as a Living Legacy to Olin Sims on a walkway through the town of LaGrange, WY along State Highway 151.

Nemaha NRD tree planting

Date: May 14, 2009
Type of tree planted: Japanese Maple
Location: Tecumseh, Nebraska
Group/Individual: Nemaha Natural Resources District

The Nemaha Natural Resources District directors and staff planted a tree at the district headquarters in Tecumseh, NE as a Living Legacy to Olin Sims. Orval Gigstad, Nemaha NRD director and NACD Board Member, requested the memorial planting.

Wyoming tree planting

Date: May 11, 2009
Type of tree planted: Welchii Juniper
Location: Lingle, Wyoming
Group/Individual: Lingle-Fort Laramie Conservation District Board and 3rd Graders from Lingle Elementary School.

The Lingle-Fort Laramie Conservation District planted Olin’s tree in their Botanical Park that the District developed on Main Street in Lingle, Wyoming.

Decatur, Ind. Tree Planting

Date: May 2, 2009
Type of tree planted:White Oak
Location: Greensburg, Indiana
Group/Individual: On May 2, two white oak trees were planted on the lawn of the Decatur, Ind. County Courthouse; one in memory of Olin Sims and the other in honor of the conservationists of Decatur County.

Pictured in the photo are (l-r) Jenna Peck, Decatur County SWCD District Coordinator; Scott Sanders, Decatur County SWCD Nature Resource Specialist; Jerry Kitchin, Decatur County SWCD Board Chairman; Rick Nobbe, Decatur County Commissioner; John Richards, Decatur County Commissioner; Mike Hughes, NRCS District Conservationist; and Roger Wenning, Decatur County SWCD Board Member.

Alabama tree planting

Date: April 28, 2009
Type of tree planted: Autumn Blaze Red Maple
Location: Guntersville State Lodge, Guntersville, Alabama
Group/Individual: Alabama Conservation District Employees Association

ACDEA planted this tree at their spring workshop in memory of Olin Sims.  A plaque will be placed inside the lodge noting a tree has been planted on the Lodge grounds in memory of Mr. Sims.

Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Date: April 27, 2009
Type of tree planted:White Oak
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Group/Individual: Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Indiana Natural Resources Conservation Service, Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

Pictured in the photo are (l-r) Roger Cult with NRCS, NACD First Vice President Gene Schmidt, Paula Baldwin with the Indiana Association of SWCDs and Anne Hazlett with the Indiana Department of Agriculture.

Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District

Date: April 27, 2009
Type of tree planted:“Sienna Glen” Maple (Acer X. Freemamii)
Location: Franklin County, Ohio
Group/Individual: Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District

NACD President Steve Robinson is pictured in the photo above with property owner Jude Mollenhauer and Franklin County SWCD Supervisor Katie Renner as they plant the tree in honor of 2007 NACD Olin Sims as a part of 2009 Stewardship Week.

NACD Communications Director Lisa Lerwick and the Lerwick family.

Date: April 25, 2009
Type of tree planted: Autumn Blaze Maple
Location: Albin, Wyoming
Group/Individual: NACD Communications Director Lisa Smith and the Lerwick family.

NvACD tree planting

Date: April 22, 2009
Location: Mount Orab, Ohio
Group/Individual: Brown County SWCD Board of Supervisors and Staff

During a small memorial at the Goldie Shannon High Memorial Woods, the Brown County SWCD recognized the lives of two men: Olin Sims and William High. Two trees were planted to honor the gentlemen, who both dedicated their lives to conserving natural resources. Fittingly, the memorial took place on property donated by the High family to be used for environmental education.

Muskogee County Conservation District

Date: April 20, 2009
Type of tree planted: Loblolly Pine and Autumn Fantasy Red Maple
Location: Muskogee, Oklahoma
Group/Individual: Muskogee County Conservation District Directors and Employees and NRCS District Conservationist

Muskogee County Conservation District Directors (Butch, Garner, Audrey and Andy), Employees (Trish Kloeckler and Andy Qualls), and NRCS District Conservationist (Chris Lester) planted commemorative trees honoring Olin Sims and Richard Geer.

York County Conservation District

Date: March 20, 2009
Type of tree planted: Red Maple, "Autumn Flame" (Acer Rubrum)
Location: York, Pa., The Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education
Group/Individual: York County Conservation District, Pennsylvania

We planted this memorial tree at the Horn Farm because of the common mission shared by our organizations: Promoting the rich heritage and wise stewardship of our land and the fundamental importance of local agriculture to the health and well-being of our community, our economy and our environment. As a living legacy to Olin and a symbol of our dedication to being good stewards of the environment, we plant this native Red Maple.

Pictured in the photo are Elmer Sueck; NACD Northeast Region Chair and YCCD Director Pat Suec;, Former County Commissioner and current Region IV Pennsylvania Department of Ag Director Doug Kilgore; and Horn Farm Center Director and YCCD staff member Chris Thompson.

York County Conservation District

Date: March 14, 2009
Type of tree planted: State of Georgia Pecan Tree
Location: Walton County, Ga.
Group/Individual: Walton County Soil & Water Conservation District

Walton County Chair and NACD Past President John Redding is pictured in the photo with fellow district board members Dan Bennett, Nathan Malcom and Cliff Harrison; District Conservationist Jose' Pagan; and Crista Carrell, Executive Director of the Georgia Association of Conservation district Supervisors.

NACD CEO and family plant a Dogwood tree

Date: January 21, 2009
Type of tree planted: Live Oak
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Group/Individual: NACD and the Louisiana Conservation Commission

During the 2009 NACD Annual Meeting, NACD leadership, partners, and meeting attendees gathered on Poydras St. in New Orleans to plant a tree in memory of 2007 NACD President Olin Sims. NACD leadership is pictured in the photo at the New Orleans tree planting with Tammie Sims from Wyoming and Joey Breaux from the Louisiana Conservation Commission, who helped arrange the event.

NACD CEO and family plant a Dogwood tree

Date: January 9, 2009
Type of tree planted: Ifit tree (Intsia Bijuga)
Location: University of Guam, Grounds of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences
Group/Individual: Guam Soil and Water Conservation Districts

The Ifit tree is the official tree of Guam and is a very important part of our island’s cultural identity and is prized for its hardness and durability. The Guam Districts selected the Ifit tree to plant in honor of 2007 NACD President Olin D. Sims, as this tree best represents Olin’s leadership qualities, his passion for conservation and his personal interest in woodworking. We are so proud of his legacy and so appreciative of this special man and for all he has given us. With the planting of this new Ifit seedling, his legacy will continue to live on.

NACD CEO and family plant a Dogwood tree

Date: November 13, 2008
Type of tree planted: Sycamore
Location: Charlestown, IN
Group/Individual: Clark Country SWCD supervisors and staff, NRCS, NACD, and IASWCD

NACD CEO and family plant a Dogwood tree

Date: November 7, 2008
Type of tree planted: American Chestnut
Location: National Arboretum, Washington, D.C.
Group/Individual: NACD, USDA, NRCS, USFS, NCDEA, NASCA, NARC&DC

NACD CEO and family plant a Dogwood tree

Date: October 20, 2008
Type of tree planted: Dogwood
Location: Harden farm, Camilla, Georgia
Group/Individual: NACD CEO Krysta Harden and family

Union Country SWCD plants Ohio Buckeye tree

Date: October 16, 2008
Type of tree planted: Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra)
Location:
Union County Agricultural Center, 18000 SR 4, Marysville, Ohio 43040
Group/Individual:  
Sponsored by Union SWCD Board of Supervisors, the tree was planted by Union SWCD Wildlife Specialist John Rockenbaugh and Union SWCD Board Supervisor/NACD President Elect Steve Robinson.

The Union Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors admired Olin Sims for the innovative leadership style he provided to NACD and for his unselfish dedication to soil and water conservation districts nationwide. The Union County SWCD Board felt that planting an Ohio Buckeye tree was a small way in which they could honor Olin in their county.  They want to extend their thanks to Olin’s family for the sacrifices they made in order for Olin to be able to serve on behalf of his other family—soil and water conservation districts!