Hello Kansas! We wanted to do a shout out to Diana Solko who has served as the District Manager for the Decatur County Soil, Water & Conservation District (SWCD) in Oberlin Kansas since 1981. Diana’s commitment to contributing to and growing conservation efforts in her state is truly inspiring. She has spent over 2,334 hours contributing to the following groups: (http://www.ks.nrcs.usda.gov/about/earth_team/awards_2010.html )
- Kansas Association of Conservation Districts (KACD) Employees Organization
- Northwest Kansas Conservation & Environmental Alliance- in association with this organization Diana worked with the Conservation Kids Roundup in which 300 fourth graders from 8 different counties learned about conservation efforts in their state and additionally helped coordinate the Women In Denim Project . This effort brought in speakers who spoke about topics that affected women living in more rural areas of Kansas.
- Western Prairie Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D)- Diana donated over 150 hours in 2010 and fulfills all of the duties as a secretary/treasurer to this council
- Decatur County Advisory Board
- Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) Bird Habitat Project
- The Republican River Restoration Partnership, a group that coordinates efforts made between Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado.
It is obvious that Diana’s heart belongs to the earth and preserving the earth’s well being in spite of what we, the human race, do to shorten that life span; but Diana takes it to a level that few of us can imagine. I am a recycler and reading about Diana has made me realize that I am disproportionately proud of the efforts I make on behalf of my family to recycle and reuse. The number of hours that she dedicates every year to make sure that what she believes actually has an impact and makes a difference is inspiring. Her example serves to motivate everyone around her to make that much more of an effort to put our money where our mouth is.