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County Honors Environmental Champion For Volunteer Service

The man has contributed to a number of environmental projects.

Jim Walter. Credit: County of Bucks

A Bucks Countian who has helped the environment for many years was recognized this month.

The Bucks County Commissioners and Bucks County Conservation District recognized Buckingham Township resident Jim Walter for his more than 3,300 hours of volunteer work across Bucks County.

He is a master watershed steward, master gardener, master well owner, and involved in local environmental groups. He has helped the Bucks County Conservation District and the Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation.

Karen Ogden, watershed specialist at the Bucks County Conservation District, said Walter isn’t afraid to get dirty. She said he gets in the waterways to monitor the quality and helps stabilize stream banks.

“He wears a lot of hats,” Ogden said of Walter.

Commissioner Bob Harvie said Walter’s work has helped the natural resources in Bucks County and connected the conservation message with residents.

In addition to helping with the waterways, Walter has assisted plant native vegetation and trees at Core Creek Park in Middletown Township, conducted outreach programs for residents, including coordinating the Keystone 10 Million Trees Program.

Ogden presented Walter with a plaque honoring him. It was crafted from debris pulled from the Delaware River.

Walter commended the conservation district and county government for their support.

“Thank you very much,” Walter said.

Recently, Commissioner Chairperson Diane Ellis-Marseglia said the county was remembering the life of the late William Yerkes, the owner of None Such Farm in Buckingham Township. She said he was key in efforts to preserve land in Bucks County.

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