LAMAR COUNTY SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
The Lamar County Soil and Water Conservation District was chartered on March 6, 1981. Although it was originally part of the Towaliga Soil & Water Conservation District, the Lamar Co. District now considers itself a very strong partner of its neighbor district in outreach programs and field days. The district board consists of five (5) board members. The district also partners with various businesses, organizations and farmers around the Barnesville, Georgia area, as well as the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Services in the area for educational workshops and outreach programs.
Mr. Thompson joined the Lamar County SWCD board after a former member of the board asked him to serve. He sees the importance of soil health and high water quality because it impacts everyday life of every individual, no matter your lifestyle. He joined the board to help other people see the importance of their actions and how common practices can help or hinder the environment on a smaller level.
Glen Studle is a Lamar County SWCD Board Supervisor that has committedly served the district for three years. He is also a member of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association.
Andy Bush has served the Lamar Co. District for 11 years. Mr. Bush serves on several leadership positions in other organizations, and he owns and operates a farm in Lamar County.
Lynn Parker, Lamar Co. SWCD Treasurer, has served the district for 11 years. She has a history surrounding conservation and natural resource practices.
Russ Walters, Lamar Co. SWCD Vice-Chairman, has served the district for five years. He is also an active duty service member.
Wesley Doyle, District Program Assistant
Wesley Doyle was hired to the Barnesville field office as a District Program Assistant for the Georgia Association of Conservation Districts, in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Wesley is a recent transplant to Georgia after graduating from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and growing up on a small farm just outside of Lexington, Tennessee. He is looking forward to expanding NRCS outreach and education about conservation practices and the true value of farmers and producers in the United States today.
Featured Projects & Events
The Lamar County SWCD partners with the Barnesville Chamber of Commerce to host the annual “Ag After Hours” event that brings together local farmers and producers to inform them on the latest issues facing agriculture today as well as educate those farmers and producers on how to combat these issues. This event occurs in late spring each year.
The Lamar County SWCD partners with the Lamar County Recreation Department and the Lamar County School Board to collectively maintain the Lamar County Wetland Trail, located in Barnesville, Georgia. The trail showcases various types of plants and animals found in wetland areas. It also highlights soil erosion effects over time and how that erosion affects individuals near and far.
The Lamar County Conservation District meets the first Wednesday of every calendar month, excluding July and December, at 9 a.m. in the USDA Barnseville Service Center. For the minutes and documents from previous meetings, please click below.