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PUBLIC NOTICE

RESCHEDULED TO FRIDAY, MAY 14TH, 12:15

The Patrick County Soil and Water Conservation District's Monthly Board of Directors will be held Thursday, May 13th, 2021 at 12:15 p.m. at the Patrick Springs Park, 2 Ball Park Rd, Patrick Springs, VA 24133.  The District continues to follow the Commonwealth of Virginia Office of the Governor Executive Order.  The Board invites public comments to be sent by email at patrickswcdsandra@gmail.com or call the office at 276-694-2911.

District Overview

The Patrick Soil and Water Conservation District is a subdivision of the State Government and is responsible under State Law for conservation work within the boundaries of Patrick County.  Its purpose is to focus attention on land, water and related resource problems.  The District collaborates with private sources and partnering agencies to develop programs to solve these problems.

The Patrick Soil and Water Conservation District was organized July 7, 1983.  From August 26, 1944 until July 7, 1983, Patrick County was in the New River Soil and Water Conservation District, which at the time was comprised of the counties of Floyd, Carroll and Grayson.   A petition to create the Patrick Soil and Water Conservation District was authorized by the Patrick County Board of Supervisors on March 24, 1982.  The petition to withdraw Patrick County from the New River Soil and Water Conservation District and create a new district within the boundaries of Patrick County was approved by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Soil and Water Conservation, on May 20, 1982.

Patrick County's 467-square-mile area was carved from neighboring Henry County in 1791 and one-third is in the rolling Piedmont plateau and the remaining two-thirds in the rugged Blue Ridge Mountains where the Blue Ridge Parkway straddles the line with Floyd & Carroll counties to the north & west.  The name comes from Patrick Henry, first governor of the Commonwealth, who lived at Leatherwood, from 1779 to 1884.

District directors are local citizens elected or appointed to a four-year term of office.  The District is operated by five directors, who serve four-year terms and may be re-elected or re-appointed to succeed themselves. The District is represented by three directors elected in the general election.  The other two directors are appointed by the Soil and Water Conservation Board. One of the appointed directors shall be a County Extension Agent and the other appointed director shall reside within Patrick County.  The only compensation Directors and Associate Directors receive is mileage reimbursement.

 

With 43 Years combined experience, knowledge, love of the county and conservation and enjoyment working with our many producers, the District's two employees, Sandra Heath and Tony Collins have been employed with the District for 24 and 19 years respectively, who work diligently and continue to strive to help landowners protect natural resources.

 

Because the conservation district is a citizen-directed organization, they are practical partners to coordinate local, state and federal watershed initiatives to protect natural resources and enhance water quality.  Patrick Soil and Water Conservation District encourages good stewardship by helping people manage the soil, water, air, plants and animals so their watershed can sustain them for generations to come.  Healthy watersheds balance the needs of people, the land and natural resources, providing for stable economics that enable people to enjoy a quality life.

 

The District office is located on 104 Via Avenue, Stuart, VA 24171.  Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The District telephone number is (276) 694-2911.

*****Due to COVID-19, the SWCD office is operating by appointment, please contact our office at 276-694-2911.