SATILLA RIVER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
The Satilla River Conservation District was organized by a charter which was issued by the Secretary of the State on May 2, 1942 under a provision of the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation District law of 1937. The District comprises an area of 2,907,520 acres, making it the largest district east of the Mississippi River. The Satilla River Conservation District includes the counties of Wayne, Glynn, Brantley, Camden, Pierce, Ware, Charlton, and Atkinson.
The District has two Supervisors from each county- one who is appointed by the State Soil and Water Conservation Commission and one who is elected by registered voters of the county in a special election. All District Supervisors voluntarily give of their time to promote and encourage soil and water conservation. The District was organized to give local leadership in helping the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), a division of the U S Department of Agriculture to establish cooperating landowners and land users with soil and water conservation problems.
The Satilla River Conservation District provides leadership in making the most effective use of conservation funds and technical assistance available to their constituents.
Jim Waters is a local farmer from Blackshear, Georgia. He is the elected Pierce County Supervisor for Satilla River Conservation District. He also serves as the Chairman. He is a full- time farmer planting crops that consist of cotton and peanuts. His hope for the district is to continue to educate the community on conservation efforts and to educate farmers on good conservation practices to protect our croplands.
James C. Grantham resides in Willacoochee Ga and is an active Supervisor representing Atkinson County. He is a full time farmer with experience growing various crops such as cotton, peanuts and corn. He also raises some cattle and is currently enrolled in CSP contract with NRCS.
He is married to Greta Grantham and they have two children, Jake and Anna Grace ages 11 and 18 years. James is committed to educating his small community on the good conservation practices and good farming practices.
Supervisor Jeff Brannen of Satilla River Conservation District is a 73-years-young, retired fireman and paramedic. He owns and runs a small cow/calf operation in Woodbine, Georgia, where he resides.
Jonny Harris is a fifth generation cattleman/farmer from Wayne County. Jonny owns /operates Greenview Farms, Inc., a diverse operation producing Hereford and F1 Braford cattle. Along with the cattle operation, Jonny also manages timer, annual forages, hay, haylage and row crops including cotton, corn and peanuts.
Jonny is a graduate of Abraham Baldwin Agriculture. In addition to serving as a Wayne County Supervisor for the Satilla River Conservation District, Jonny serves as a Director for both the Wayne County Farm Bureau and the Cotton Partners, LLC. He has previously served as a Director for the American Hereford Association, the United Braford Breeders and the Wayne County Young Farmers. Jonny has also served as Regional Vice President and Executive Committee member for the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, along with President of both the Wayne County and Southeast Georgia Cattlemen’s Associations.
Supervisor Ken Gay was raised in Camden County and then later moved to Brantley County with his family. He retired from Gilman Paper Company. He owns a small Blueberry Farm in Nahunta, Georgia. He raises cows, produces hay, and plants many pine trees along the way. His wife is Sheila Gay and they have three children, seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
Ross Ferrell is the owner of Ferrell Timber & Site Prep, Inc. and Ferrell Forestry Services, Inc. He received his business degree from Georgia Southern University. He and his family reside in Charlton County.
Having graduated from both ABAC and UGA with degrees in Animal Science and Agricultural Education, she owns and operates a beef cattle farm in Screven, GA. Her farm specializes in growing Embryo Transfer calves for purebred Angus producers all over the Southeastern US. She is currently the President of Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. Kristy is married to her husband of 16 years, Robert, and she is the mother to Kayle, 13, and Karson, 10.
Joe Boyette is a native of Pierce County; he was recently sworn in but previously served another county in our district. He is always smiling and has a positive outlook. Joe is committed to teaching our community about conservation.
Ronald is a lifelong resident of Glynn County. He has served fifteen years as a Geographic Information specialist for local and regional governments. Ronald has also served as a technical advisor, Board member, and Chairman for the Georgia Coast Rail-Trail. He is currently working as Security at Georgia Port Authority.
Ms. Brenda Harvey serves the counties of Glynn, Wayne, Camden, and Brantley. Brenda was born and raised on a family farm in Appling County, that is still thriving today. Conservation and Farming was a way of life. Brenda, later went on to college at Georgia Southern University and Mercer University and pursued a career in Education. She taught in the Appling County School System for many years. She later added on her Leadership Specialist Degree from Nova Southeastern University in Jacksonville Florida. She served as an Assistant Principal and the Principal of Appling County Primary school for 8 years. Brenda moved to the Appling County Board of Education and served as the Title I Parent Involvement Coordinator and the Title III Director for the Appling County School District. Brenda has always stayed involved in the community and has partnered with many families and farmers throughout the years. Brenda’s background in community- wide education and service has built a continued passion for the future growth of conservation and farming. Brenda is looking forward to building upon the partnerships of the communities and tying in the ever-growing need of increasing the importance of our state’s natural resources.
Christy Houck was born and raised in Telfair/Jeff Davis County where she graduated. She attended college at South Georgia College in Douglas, Georgia where her main focus was nursing. Making a life change, she moved to Waycross, Georgia where she is raising her two children. Christy's background is in the medical field, where she has been administrative support, certified nursing assistant and trained phlebotomist. Christy prides herself for being a people person and organizing force behind many roles in her church and her children's schools.
Christy hopes to bring awareness of conservation efforts to her community and surrounding areas. Her goal as a DPA is to do more and more outreach to teach our children good conservation practices and learn to appreciate what God has gifted us with.
The Satilla River Conservation District meets the third Tuesday of each month at 12 p.m. (noon) at Captain Joe’s Seafood Restaurant in Waycross, Ga. For previous meeting minutes and other documents, please click the link below.
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Brenda Harvey, District Program Assistant
Christy Houck, District Program Assistant