N.C. State University’s Dr. David L. Lindbo, professor and Extension specialist in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Department of Soil Science, has been named 2013 Envirothon Mentor of the Year by the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors. The award was presented at the 48th Annual Conservation Awards Celebration hosted by the Friends of Wake Soil and Water Conservation District. The event recognizes exemplary efforts by Wake County citizens in the realm of natural resource conservation, education and outreach.
Lindbo was honored for preparing Wake County middle- and high-school teams for the Envirothon — an academic competition that challenges young people’s knowledge in five areas: soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and current environmental issues.
Lindbo’s CALS research and Extension programs focus on non-agricultural land use and management of soils throughout North Carolina. For many years, he has conducted study sessions to help Envirothoners gain a thorough understanding and appreciation of soil science, while methodically covering the physical, biological and chemical properties of soil that Envirothon competitors are required to know.
As a natural resource professional, he’s been “willing to travel and meet with teams in person or by email or phone to help Envirothoners further understand the appropriate use, conservation and improvement of soils locally and globally,” said the Wake award announcement.
“Dr. Lindbo has been instrumental in helping our Wake County Envirothon teams achieve phenomenal success at the regional, state and national levels,” said Thomas Dean, chair of the Wake District Board of Supervisors. “Great football teams have great coaches. Successful Envirothon teams have dedicated mentors.”