In Nov. 12 Issue
Since 1945, Russell County Conservation District has provided leadership in natural resource conservation stewardship for the county from rented office space until the organization's recent move to a new building.
Last Sunday, the District dedicated their new office located behind the Russell County Ambulance Service Center at 159 Ferco Way in Jamestown.
Board members, local farmers, staff and community leaders gathered to celebrate opening the District's new home.
"After this many years, it's great for Russell County Conservation District to have their own office," said Board member Sandra Voils. "We hope it will be here for many years."
The new location will serve as office space to Jennifer Hardwick, Russell County Conservation District Office Manager and Kenny Hammond, USDA NRCS Soil Technician.
"We're fortunate the supervisors saw fit to have a permanent location in the county," said Kenny Hammond USDA NRCS Soil Technician. "It's very nice."
Hammond assists local farmers with implementing and certifying practices for cost-share assistance.
Russell County Conservation District administers conservation programs to help with best farm management practices and provides programs to assist farmers with environmental issues such as soil erosion and water quality.
"I think it's great that we have this organization and to witness the progress we have made in Russell County," said Board Chairman Bascum Smith who has served more than 50 years on Russell County's Conservation District Board.
In addition to managing daily operation of the District, Hardwick also organizes environmental programs with local schools.
The educational programs, sponsored by the District, promote agricultural and environmental conservation among the community's youth.
"Getting kids outdoors with hands on activities helps them to better appreciate and understand the value of being good stewards of our natural resources," said Hardwick.
Ashley Adams and Makayla Goodson, 11th graders at Russell County High School, attended Forestry and Entomology Leadership Camp courtesy of sponsorship from Russell County Conservation District.
"Many people complain about problems with the environment but they don't take action," said Goodson. "The more we get involved, the more we learn."
At camp, they learned to identify trees, the insects that harm them and land management programs.
During the building dedication, the teens shared their experience with a slide show presentation of pictures from forestry camp.
"We're thankful to the conservation district for sponsoring us," said Adams. "I think it's important to have camps for young people. This generation will teach the next generation to care for our environment."
For more information, contact Russell County Conservation District at 270-343-3343.