SLEEPY EYE - The Brown Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) has named Dr. Phil Gill, a veterinarian, as its 2011 Outstanding Conservationist.
Gill's love of nature led him to purchase 26.1 acres of land in Bashaw Township and develop it for wildlife, includeing 5.4 acres of native grasses, 2,500 feet of wildlife tree planting, a one-acre food plot and three wildlife ponds.
Gill is co-owner of Riverside Animal Clinics in Sleepy Eye and Springfield. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Sleepy Eye and Springfield Chamber of Commerce, and the Redwood Area Cattleman's Association. He is also a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, and is the co-chairman of the Red Rock Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.
Gill grew up in Tekamah, Neb., and relocated to rural Springfield to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife, Phlayne, and his 8 year-old daughter, Mikayla.
Gill, along with other Outstanding Conservationists from across the state, will be recognized at the Minnesota Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) Annual State Convention in December.