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SCDNR Conservation Districts report honored as one of the state’s most notable documents

March 16, 2023

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has been honored with an award for authoring one of the state’s most informative documents in 2022.

The South Carolina State Library recognized the South Carolina Conservation Districts 2021 Annual Report with an annual honor as one of its most notable state documents for 2022. The annual report is a comprehensive overview of accomplishments by the state’s 46 Soil and Water Conservation Districts, SCDNR’s Conservation Districts section and the S.C. Association of Conservation Districts. The document highlights conservation implementation, economic impact, education, outreach and dedicated service to the citizens and natural resources of South Carolina

Winners of the South Carolina Notable State Documents award are announced in honor of Freedom of Information Day, which occurs annually on March 16. Winning agencies and authors received their awards during a ceremony at the State Library on March 15.

Nominations for the Notable Documents Awards were submitted throughout the year, with final candidates being judged by a panel of librarians and state employees. The State Library receives more than 3,000 documents each year.

Candidates were judged based on their designs, writing styles and breadth of information. The judges chose a unique group of 12 documents and websites for recognition, including a strategic plan for optimizing South Carolina's early childhood system, a student journal that showcases academic excellence and a website developed by the state agency charged with ensuring the election process is fair, impartial and easily accessible for everyone in our state.

"South Carolina state documents provide a wealth of information, statistics, and share a broad range of knowledge about our state," said Leesa Aiken, South Carolina State Library director. "I am pleased that we are able to publicly recognize these important publications and websites as notable documents and it is my hope that all South Carolina state agencies continue to produce high quality documents such as these."