Gillispie, Fennell re-elected

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, November 7, 2018

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Cody Gillispie of Greenwood and Bill Fennell of Bluett were recently re-elected to the Wise Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) board of directors. They will represent the district’s Zone 1 and Zone 2, respectively.

The purpose of the Wise SWCD, headquartered in Decatur, is to promote sound soil and water conservation programs on agricultural lands within the district. In addition, the district serves as a voice for farmers, ranchers and local community entities on conservation matters.

The board of directors coordinates the conservation efforts of various local, state and federal agencies and other organizations and has the authority to enter into working agreements with these governmental agencies and private concerns to carry out its purposes.

The five members serving on the district board of directors are responsible for district policies and procedures for carrying out the district program within the framework of the Texas soil conservation district law. Other members of the board are Paul Wood of Boonsville, Zone 3; Harold Remmele of Paradise, Zone 4; and Gary Green of Bridgeport, Zone 5.

In Texas, there are 216 soil and water conservation districts. Each is a legal subdivision of state government organized by local agricultural landowners with the assistance of the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board.

Unlike most other legal subdivisions of state government, SWCDs do not have the powers of taxation or eminent domain. All conservation programs managed by the district are of a voluntary nature to the landowner or operator or other potential users of the SWCD’s programs.

To read more about the SWCD’s activities in 2018, see its annual report, inserted in this edition of All Around Wise.

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