UPPER CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
The Upper Chattahoochee River Soil and Water Conservation District was organized on January 12, 1938 and comprises of Dawson, Forsyth, Habersham, Lumpkin, and White counties. The district is located in Area 2 of Georgia’s conservation districts and has 48 flood control dams. Each county is represented by two supervisors, one elected to serve a 4-year term and one appointed to serve a 2-year term. The district provides cost-efficient assistance in the areas of erosion control, conservation, education and outreach, as well as public awareness and planning for citizens and local governments in each county. They also provide scholarships to high school students and sponsorships for students attending the Natural Resources Conservation Workshop held annually at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (Tifton, GA).
As a life-long resident of White County, he has been involved in the farming industry since 1976 growing corn for silage and managing Simmental & Angus cattle. Both he and his brother owned a dairy farm from 1987-2000 and currently co-own Sills Brothers Grading. He currently serves as a board member of the White Co. Water Authority and as a supervisor for the White County Upper Chattahoochee Soil and Water Conservation District. He and his wife have been married over thirty years, have two children and three grandchildren. They are active members of Skitts Mountain Baptist Church in Lula, GA.
Being raised on a hog farm greatly influenced his passion for farming. Currently he works as a farmer in northern Dawson County where he raises broilers, cattle, corn and hay. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Georgia in Poultry Science and is one of the most recent supervisors. Over the past twenty years, he has received a tremendous amount of assistance in conservation improvements on his property from Farm Service Agency, UGA Cooperative Extension and NRCS. When he saw an opportunity to serve the SWCD, he decided that it would be an honor to assist others. Jason and his wife Beth have two children and he is an ordained minister currently serving as pastor of Bethel Baptist in Dawson County.
In 1996, Tracy was asked to serve on the board. He was a farmer for many years with hen houses for commercial eggs and cattle, but wanted to learn more and help other farmers take care of their land in Lumpkin County. Both he and his son have been working together to raise beef cattle and harvest hay for feed. Over the years, he has found awarding scholarships to local students, operating the farm family, and providing educational opportunities for young people very rewarding. He attends Cavender Creek Baptist Church.
He is devoted and dedicated to the call of farming. He has spent a lifetime working with the land that he loves. To ensure that the land and water are conserved for future generations, he has served at least 43 years to the Upper Chattahoochee River Soil and Water Conservation District and has worked with others to promote awareness of our natural resources. His philosophy about taking care of the land and water for future generations is seen in the Proverbs 13:22 quote: "A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children..."
In his younger years, he visited his grandparents weekly and over the summers to help on their South Forsyth County farm and it was then that he knew he wanted to own his own farm one day. He and his wife currently raise cattle, maintain pastureland, and plant a large vegetable garden of which he shares its bounty with family and friends. Leonard has represented Forsyth County for over twenty years as a SWCD supervisor. He served as Treasurer for eighteen years and two years as the Chairman. One of the most rewarding aspects of his service is awarding scholarships to the deserving students of the district. He and his wife have celebrated 58 years together and have 3 children, 11 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. He has pastored fourteen churches throughout Forsyth, Dawson, White, and Cherokee counties and is presently the pastor of Salacoa Baptist Church in Waleska, Georgia.
He was born in Dubois, Pennsylvania and graduated Dubois High School in 1961. He then earned a Bachelors in Business Administration from Norwich University located in Northfield, VT. He is a military veteran having served in the U.S. Army until 1967. Thereafter, he served in management for Roadway Express Inc. until 1999. Since 1980, he has become a farmer and contract grower for Tyson Foods. He has raised poultry, Chiianina cattle, Hampshire and Polypay sheep.
Kenneth decided to serve on the board because of his interest in leaving the earth in a better shape than when he was as a child. His years of service as a County Extension Agent and in the farming industry contributed to this passion as well. He spent five years in a livestock commercial business and thirty years producing broilers. He advocates for conservation as he practices conservation practices on his own property and recruit students each year to attend the Natural Resources Conservation Workshop. Currently, he manages his timber business operation and residential rental units in Lumpkin County.
His past experiences include: being owner/operator of Satterfield’s Auto Center, Satterfield Farm and Satchel Storage and owning and operating a beef cattle farm in southern White County. His farming experience began during the childhood days he spent with cows, chickens and family gardens. However, he decided to pursue conservation experience when he realized conservation was necessary to preserve the farm. All of these experiences have influenced his decision to serve on the SWCD board. He has served less than one year with the Upper Chattahoochee Soil and Water Conservation District, is a member of the White County Gideon Camp and serves on the board of the directors for the Northeast Georgia Cattleman’s Association. He is Director of the White County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. He has attended County Line Baptist Church all his life serving on the Deacon Board and as church clerk for approximately 40 years. He shares his life with his wife of 42 years.
He attended Habersham Central High School where he was a Master 4-H’er and National 4-H winner in Agriculture Careers. He then attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and the University of Georgia. His agricultural career began while working with ADM as a sales representative in the company’s Animal Health Division and later becoming the division’s branch manager for Georgia operations. Later, he built poultry houses and raised beef cattle on his family’s farm in Habersham County. Other ventures have included: establishing Cobb Poultry Breeder Farm, White County Farmers Exchange (WCFE), Habersham Board of Education, Habersham County Fairgrounds Commission, Northeast Georgia Cattleman’s, Habersham County Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer’s Committee. Barrett currently serves as a board member representing the 9th Congressional District on the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the State Veterinary Education Board. He has served as an Upper Chattahoochee River SCWD supervisor for at least twelve years.
Growing up on a family farm, raising cows and chickens, in Habersham County contributed greatly to his passion for conservation. He decided to follow in the footsteps of his father who served as a supervisor for several years when a current supervisor asked him to serve. His past work experiences provide him with the expertise to make sound decisions about best practices and remedies. Has many years of knowledge of grading, logging, farming (commercial) and business operations. T. Frady Hauling, LLC has been in business for at least thirty-two years. For fifteen years, he was a volunteer firefighter with the Glade Creek Fire Department. He is a member of Chopped Oak Baptist Church located in Toccoa, GA and has two sons.
Growing up on the water in Hampton, Virginia greatly influenced LeAnn’s respect and passion for the environment and its pressing issues. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences from North Carolina A&T State University. Her conservation experience includes: serving as an USDA-NRCS soil conservation intern and a Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies research intern. Her nonprofit experience has included serving as an American Red Cross administrative volunteer and disaster services volunteer, an AmeriCorps National Preparedness and Response Corps (NPRC) member and as an AmeriCorps Grant Writer/Resource Development VISTA member. In addition, she is a freelance grant writer and grant consultant.
Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The location rotates between the five counties:
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Contact Upper Chattahoochee soil & water conservation district
LeAnn Rutledge, District Program Assistant
Phone: (706) 779-2134