OCONEE RIVER SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
The Oconee River Conservation District services Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, and Oconee counties. The 6th Conservation District to be established, this region is known for its bountiful resources, abundant agricultural land, and for its role as a gateway to explore the North Georgia Mountains. The District is also home to both the Sandy Creek Watershed in Athens, and the Marbury Creek Watershed, part of the popular Fort Yargo State Park. The Oconee River Conservation District is dedicated to agricultural and environmental education and stewardship in our communities, as well as the use of proven and emerging technologies in conservation and agricultural sustainability.
Mr. Johnson has been elected since 2008. He is the son of Jimmy and Ruth Johnson. He is married to Robynn and they have one son, Nathan who is active in the farming operation.
Dewey is a graduate of Jefferson High School and the University of Georgia. He served as an Agriculture Teacher at Jackson County Comprehensive for 10 years.
Currently, Dewey is at the helm of Johnson Centennial Farm, a beef cattle operation, established 1871.
An Oconee County native, she graduated from Oconee County High School and attended the University of Georgia. Janice began work at the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission in 1978. She retired in 2009 as Administrative Operations Manager. Janice was elected in 2010 to serve as a supervisor. Janice also serves as District Treasurer, and is a member of Oconee River Resource Conservation and Development Council, and the Watkinsville Garden Club.
Mr. Embrick serves as the appointed supervisor for Jackson County and has been in the position since April 2010. He retired from teaching agricultural education for 29 years in Jackson and Banks counties. Tony is a member of the Jackson County Farm Bureau, Jackson county FFA alumni, and Georgia Retired Teachers Association. He attended Gainesville College and UGA. Tony and his wife, Sheila, have been married for 38 years. They have one son, Gavin, who is a graduate of the Georgia State University and a daughter, Elise, a graduate of Emmanuel College.
Michael Crow is a resident of Barrow County. His family has been in the Oconee River watershed for generations. Serving as District Supervisor is his first political office. Mr. Crow attended the University of Georgia and served in the U.S. Army. He now works in property management and looks forward to the challenges of serving Oconee River watershed to the best of his ability.
Mr. Davis has worked in agriculture his entire life, raising poultry and purebred Limousin cattle for 29 years. . He worked with the USDA as well as service as a large animal tech at a large vet hospital. He was a donor and purebred herdsman for South East Genetics. Today, Mr. Davis and his son raise Limousin Show cattle. Mr. Davis was honored to be a former conservationist of the year.
Eli Garrett is a lifelong Oconee County resident. Experience he gained in the family’s cattle and row crop operation transitioned into active participation in the National FFA Organization where he was an American FFA degree recipient and national finalist in the Environmental Science and Natural Resources Proficiency area. Though no longer farming on a large scale, Eli uses his background in natural resources as a GA-EPD Certified Landfill Operator.
Ray Rozier Sr. was born in Bulloch county, Georgia. He is one of 12 children. Ray lived the majority of his life on the farm. He has been no stranger to soil and water conservation when he was urged by Mr. Julius Abraham, Assistant Principal of Statesboro High, to apply for a position with SCS. In 1977, Ray started as a technician in Sylvania. He is married to May Rozier; they have four children. He has worked in Screven, Cordele, Crisp, Lincoln, Houston, Elbert, Oglethorpe, and Gwinnett. In August of 2012, he retired from NRCS after 35 years of service. Since retirement, he has served o the Clarke County Board of Equalization.
Recently retired as a District Director of the Georgia Department of Labor, Fred has 30 years of experience in programs which support individuals, families and communities. Born in 1953 on a farm in Watkinsville, he later moved to Athens' Jack R. Wells public housing community. Fred graduated from Clarke Central High in 1971 and earned his BA in Sociology from Paine College in Augusta. Later, he received his Master’s in Journalism from UGA.
He is a member of New Grove Baptist Church, where he serves as a deacon. He worked more than 17 years with the State Department of Community Affairs where he was State Coordinator of Family Self- Sufficiency Program and an area administrator in the department's rental assistance division.
The Oconee River Conservation District meets the second Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m. at 90 Lanthier Street, Winder, GA.