Chairman Robert M. Weygandt of the Placer County Board of Supervisors received the Mother Lode Chapter of the Sierra Club’s 2011 Outstanding Elected Official Award recently.

He was honored at the chapter’s Annual Awards Banquet in Sacramento May 7.

“During his more than four terms on the Placer County Board of Supervisors, Robert Weygandt has shown a strong belief in conservation of our natural resources,” said chapter Conservation Coordinator Terry Davis. “Robert Weygandt has demonstrated that you can be both a conservative and a conservationist.”

Davis praised Supervisor Weygandt for being a champion of the county’s award-winning Placer Legacy Open Space and Agricultural Conservation Program and a strong proponent of the proposed Placer County Conservation Plan. Davis noted that the conservation plan, commonly known as the PCCP, would protect many of the remaining vernal pools and oak woodlands in western Placer County.

“This award is special to me, because it reflects the spirit of cooperation that has developed around initiatives such as Placer Legacy and the PCCP,” Supervisor Weygandt said. “As a supervisor, one of my most rewarding experiences has been working with environmental groups, business leaders, farm interests and other stakeholders on efforts to balance growth and the preservation of natural resources in Placer County. They come to the table with different points of view, but working together reduces polarization, creates trust and reveals common ground that makes progress possible.”

The Board of Supervisors took note of the award during its May 24 meeting. Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery told Chairman Weygandt she was pleased to see him recognized, praising him as a role model for cooperation among development, environmental and other interests and a champion of initiatives that benefit everyone.

Weygandt is in the first year of his 5th four-year term on the Board of Supervisors. He represents the 2nd District, which includes Lincoln, Sheridan and parts of Rocklin and Roseville.

The Sierra Club’s Mother Lode Chapter has approximately 17,000 members in 24 counties in Northern California.