In 2013, the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy gave our Conservation Award to a person who is very special to our organization: Jud Parsons. Jud has continually emphasized retention, protection and promotion of wildlife habitat and protection of riparian and water resources on the lands under his care. Maintaining the historical legacy of his grandfather and many Parsons family members has been a big part of Jud’s commitment.
To maintain that heritage, Jud has placed conservation easements, held by the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy, on three of his properties that will protect and maintain important conservation values into the future: the Wood House, RHP Mt. Lodge at Howard Prairie Reservoir, and Sams Valley Farmland. In 2013, two more properties Jud owns were placed in trust with our organization, bringing the total number of properties under conservation easement to five, amounting to 653 acres. We are grateful to Jud’s commitment to conservation in our region.