Placer Land Trust presents conservator award to Christine Turner

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Retired Placer County Agricultural Commissioner Christine Turner was honored by Placer Land Trust with the prestigious Placer Conservator Award Nov. 12 in Newcastle. Placer Land Trust awards the Placer Conservator Award annually to individuals who have enriched the quality of life in Placer County through resource conservation, officials said in a press release. “As agricultural commissioner, Christine went beyond her duties to uphold the regulatory laws in our county and became an important voice for the long- term protection of our agricultural land and community.” said Jeff Darlington, Placer Land Trust executive director. During her 11-year tenure as Placer County’s agricultural commissioner and sealer of weights & measures, Turner worked tirelessly with the Placer County Planning Department and Placer County Board of Supervisors to ensure that conservation funding and mitigation measures included agricultural land as well as natural land, land trust officials said. “When the land resource is gone, then it’s gone — and agriculture will go with it,” said Turner, speaking in front of a crowd of 160 at the Portuguese Hall in Newcastle. Turner’s passion for agriculture and conservation developed through a deep understanding of soil acquired in her soil science degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, with stints in the agriculture departments at San Luis Obispo and San Diego counties before moving back to the foothills in 1999. ~ Staff report