L-R Front Row: Debbie Eckard, District Manager, William S. Simpson, Chairman; Lisa Hajjar, Grant Project Manager; Kathy Woolsey, Commissioner; Raymond L. Tumbleston, Commissioner Emeritus.
L-R Back Row: Commissioners John P. Kozma and M. F. (Mickey Floyd), Treasurer.
Not Shown in picture: John Smoak - Vice/Chairman
Board of Commissioners
William S. Simpson, III - Chairman
John H. Smoak - Vice Chair
M. F. “Mickey” Floyd - Treasurer
John P. Kozma
Raymond L. Tumbleston
William C. Kennerty
Staff - District
Debbie Eckard, District Manager/Education Coordinator
Lisa Hajjar, 319 Grant Project Leader
Staff - USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
Lori Bataller, District Conservationist
Ann Bentley, Soil Conservation Technician
Randy Fowler, Resource Soil Scientist
Whether you are a lifetime advocate or new to our cause, we invite you to join us. We welcome new ideas and value enthusiasm from members and volunteers, new and old.
The Board of Commissioners is composed of five members. They determine the needs and set the priorities for the conservation work in the District. Two members are appointed by the SC Department of Natural Resources and three are elected in the general election.
The Board of Commissioners meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 3:30 pm. in the conference room of the USDA Service Center alocated at 2070 North Rivers Business Center, Ste. A-8, North Charleston, SC 29406
Our meetings are open to the public!
Preserve and enhance water quality, working farms, natural areas, and wildlife through locally-led conservation efforts
· Established by state law in 1937
· Parcel of state & national District program
· Five-member board of Commissioners
· State & Federal partnership
· Programs focus on soil & water
Programs & Projects
Stormwater Management—Water Quality & Quantity—Land Conservation Agreements—Responsible Development Practices—Wildlife Habitat Enhancement & Protection—Managing Invasive Plants & Animals Recycling—Litter Prevention—Agricultural Best Management Practices—Smart Fertilizer & PesticideApplication—Riparian & Roadway Buffers—Soil Conservation
· Legislative efforts—Participate in area, state, and national meetings to develop legislative priorities and recognize local conservation issues. Advocate for action in areas of concern to local representatives.
· Education—Engage local students in resource conservation through poster and essay contests, scholarships, awards, sponsorships, in-class programs and educational material.
· Partnerships—Collaborate with local, state, and federal resource professionals, creating a foundation of communication, knowledge, and capability.
· Technical & Citizen Assistance—Work with farmers and landowners to implement on the ground conservation practices through farm bill programs, dunes restoration, water quality grants, river conservation programs, flood management, aerial photography, GIS, buffers and fencing, and planting recommendations.
· Public Outreach—Promote conservation activities in Charleston County through local exhibits, information development & distribution, public presentations, career days, newsletters, and recognition awards.