Shawn Young

Sauers and Krug honored for conservation and volunteer service

March 14, 2024

Harford Land Trust recognized John F. Sauers of Darlington with its Conservation Award and Ken Krug with its Volunteer Award during its 2024 Annual Meeting on March 9 at the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum.

John paints the natural landscapes of Harford County often in plein aire. His paintings ask us to sit up and take notice of our rural lands. For decades, he has taught others his techniques and remains a mentor for much of the plein aire artist community in Harford County. John started his career as an illustrator for BGE and his pen-and-ink drawings are highly sought.

John is also a Harford County historian as exemplified by his illustrations for the book about Berkeley and the underground railroad. 

Each year Harford Land Trust presents its Conservation Award to an individual or group who has made a significant contribution or performed a special act that leads to the improvement or protection of Harford County’s natural resources.

With this award, John joins other celebrated local conservationists including recent recipients Peter Jay, Bryon Bodt, Lawrason Sayre, and Deborah Bowers.

HLT also recognized Ken Krug of Nottingham with our 2024 Volunteer Award. Ken began volunteering in with HLT in 2008 as part of the organization’s volunteer hunter program. Participants at any HLT events over the past 16 years, have definitely met Ken, his wife Debbie, and his son Dan who served on HLT’s board for many years, helping with kayaks, counting poker hands, parking cars, cleaning up roadside trash, and so much more.

County Executive Bob Cassilly, Council President Vincenti, and Councilmen Dion Guthrie presented proclamations to both awardees.


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