The Georgia Association of Conservation Districts (GACD) is a grassroots non-profit organization representing 40 Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Georgia. 


Board of Directors

Executive Board

Dan Bennett, Walton County SWCD
Past President

Danny Hogan, Central Georgia SWCD
NACD Representative

Woody Snell, Cobb County SWCD

Marty McLendon, Flint River SWCD

Roger Bowman, Catoosa County SWCD

Jake Ford, Alapaha River SWCD

Group Vice-Presidents and Alternates

Dan Bennett, Walton County SWCD
Group III Alternate Vice-President

Brian Ponder, Middle South Georgia SWCD
Group IV Vice-President

Hal Simpson, Alapaha SWCD
Group IV Alternate Vice-President

Jerry Holcomb, Coastal SWCD
Group V Vice-President

Tabatha Wooten, Altamaha SWCD
Group V Alternate Vice-President

Davis Nelson, Coosa River SWCD
Group I Vice-President

Denney Rogers, West Georgia SWCD
Group I Alternate Vice-President

Michael Crow, Oconee River SWCD
Group II Vice-President

Gene Anderson, Hall County SWCD
Group II Alternate Vice-President

Sonny Turner, Walton County SWCD
Group III Vice-President

Ex-Officio Members and advisors

Jeff Paul, GACD Chaplain
Ex-Officio Member

Jeffrey Harvey, Georgia Farm Bureau
Ex-Officio Member

Alex Bradford, Georgia Farm Bureau
Ex-Officio Member

Dr. Laura Perry Johnson, University of Georgia
Ex-Officio Member

Dr. Mark McCann, University of Georgia
Ex-Officio Member


Terrance Rudolph, USDA NRCS
Ex-Officio Member

Tansel Hudson, USDA NRCS
Ex-Officio Member

Bo Warren, Georgia Department of Agriculture
Ex-Officio Member

Mitch Attaway, GASWCC
Ex-Officio Member

Robert Amos, GASWCC
Ex-Officio Member

John Redding, NACD Past President
Ex-Officio Member, Advisor



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Casey Cox

Executive Director

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Katie Sponberger

North Georgia Program Manager


Michelle Boone

South Georgia Program Manager


Conservation Districts were formed across the country in the 1930's in the aftermath of the Dust Bowl to ensure continued protection of natural resources through local leadership.


Photographs courtesy of  Bridget Besaw/TNC and USDA