The Brown Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has named Leon Treml of rural Sleepy Eye as its 2012 Outstanding Conservationist.
Leon retired after 25 years of service in the Army Reserve and is a veteran of the Gulf War Operation Desert Storm. He currently works for BIC in Sleepy Eye and operates a grain farm raising corn and soybeans.
Over the years, he has installed an 800 foot grass waterway, a one acre Black Walnut planting, and a field border containing 123 Plum and 125 Highbush Cranberry plants for wildlife food. He also has seven Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts totaling 53.1 acres. This provides excellent cover for many songbirds, pheasants, turkeys and other wildlife.
Leon and his wife, Susan, have four children: Tanya, Dustin, Samantha and Lee. In his spare time, Leon enjoys hunting pheasants and tending to his fruit and vegetable garden. He is also a member of St. Mary's Church in Sleepy Eye.
Along with other outstanding conservationists from across the entire state, Leon will be recognized at the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) Annual State Convention in Bloomington this December.