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Charles Pritchard receives lifetime achievement award from conservation district 

–For nearly five decades, Charles (Chuck) Pritchard has served on the Board of Directors of the Upper Salinas – Las Tablas Resource Conservation District (USLTRCD). On Dec. 11, the board and staff and members of the community came together to honor Pritchard with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades of commitment to protecting our community’s natural resources.

Pritchard is a fourth-generation local rancher in SLO County. In addition to the years of volunteer service rendered at the US-LT RCD, Pritchard also served on the boards of numerous natural resource and rangeland related organizations and committees, including serving as president of the California Association of Resource Conservation District’s (CARCD); member of the California Biodiversity Council; councilman of the National Association of Resource Conservation District (NACD); member of the Range Management Advisory Committee to the State Board of Forestry; Chairperson of the California Grazing Lands Initiative Committee.

He served his community extensively all the while maintaining a thriving ranch. In remarks prepared for the Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony, Karen Buhr, Executive Director of the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts said, “It is rare for a person to have both the know-how to keep a ranch in business for decades and to be able to tackle the big-picture policy and program context of Sacramento. His ability to move from pasture to conference room and be productive in both is unique and admirable.”

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