Pickens Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioner Positions to be filled in the 2022 General Election
This year the Pickens Soil & Water Conservation District will have two District Commissioner Positions on the November 8, 2022 General Election ballot.
The election of conservation district commissioners is through the petition process on a non-partisan basis. Conservation district commissioners are non-salaried officials. Candidates must be registered voters in the county in which they are seeking office.
The completed petition forms must be provided to the County Board of Voter Registration and Elections no later than 12:00 NOON, July 15, 2022 for a candidate’s name to be placed on the November 8th General Election ballot.
The conservation district is managed by a five-member board. These individuals serve as Conservation District Commissioners in each of the state's forty-six Soil and Water Conservation Districts. In South Carolina, conservation district boundaries are the same as county lines.
Conservation districts were created in 1937 by State law for the purpose of managing natural resources and assisting landowners with the latest management tools. The idea is that local citizen’s can best protect and conserve the natural resources in their communities.
Each year conservation district commissioners volunteer thousands of hours promoting soil and water conservation practices in urban and rural areas, and combating erosion and storm water problems. Their tasks include planning and directing a conservation program, assigning priority to resource development and serving as a community clearinghouse for information and services on natural resource issues. Regular board meetings are held, usually monthly, for setting priorities and planning with the cooperating state and federal agencies' staff.
Through a partnership with the federal and state agencies, technical, administrative and financial assistance is provided though conservation districts by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (federal) and the S. C. Department of Natural Resources (state).
For more information contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District office online at www.dnr.sc.gov/conservation or the SC Department of Natural Resources at 803-734-4602.
Pickens Soil & Water Conservation District along with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SC DNR) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Welcomes our new Commissioner, Chuck Owens! Oath of Office for Chuck Owens was held on Thursday, November 11, 2021, conducted by Leslie Morgan.
Pickens Soil & Water Conservation District along with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SC DNR) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Welcomes our newly elected and re-elected Commissioners!
Oath of Office for Stewart Bauknight, Clay Coggins, Greg Thomas and Rick Meadows, was held on Thursday, January 14, 2021, conducted by Chris Workman ~ Watershed Program Manager Conservation Districts SCDNR
Georges Creek Watershed
John Cutchin~ re-elected
Stewart Bauknight~ re-elected
Clay Coggins~ newly elected
Oolenoy River Watershed
Greg Thomas ~ newly elected
Rick Meadows ~ newly elected
Congratulations Kirby Player!
Pickens Soil & Water Conservation District along with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SC DNR) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) welcomes Kirby Player as the newly elected Commissioner to the Pickens Soil & Water Conservation District Board!
Kirby's Oath of Office was held on Monday, December 14, 2020. This was an important day for all!
The Pickens Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Commissioners consist of three elected positions during the General Election and two appointed by the SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Board. Associate Commissioners are appointed by the Board of Commissioners and anyone interested is encouraged to attend our monthly meetings to learn more and become involved.
Watershed District Directors are non-salaried officials who are elected to four-year terms. Candidates must be registered voters in the county and watershed in which they are seeking office. For a description of the duties and responsibilities of the Watershed District Directors, please contact the Pickens Soil & Water Conservation District at 864-878-6155 or the SC Department of Natural Resources 803-734-9100.
These elections are nonpartisan and no party affiliation shall be placed on the ballot. The elections are conducted by the Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Pickens County at the same time other county and state officers are elected in the General Election.
Associate Commissioners Needed for the Pickens Soil & Water Conservation District
Want to be an Associate Commissioner? Associate Commissioners, are officially appointed by the board as advisors and representatives. Associates do not vote on board decisions but augment the board’s knowledge and experience and assist with conservation district programs. Attend the Pickens Soil and Water Conservation District’s monthly board meetings each month at the Pickens Soil and Water Conservation District office located at 144 McDaniel Avenue, Pickens, SC 29671.
Watershed District Directors are non-salaried officials who are elected to four-year terms. Candidates must be registered voters in the county & and watershed in which they are seeking office. Candidates are required to file a Statement of Economic Interests and a Campaign Disclosure online with the State Ethics Commission
Want to serve on the Pickens Soil and Water Conservation District Board, Georges Creek Watershed Board, or the Oolenoy Watershed Board? The next election date for open seats will be November 8, 2022.
Pickens Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Commissioners
Kirby Player - Chairman
Roddey Gettys, III - Vice-Chairman
Chuck Owens - Treasurer
Amy Wilson - Commissioner
Dale Mayson - Commissioner
Andy Anderson ~ Chairman
Jeff White ~ Treasurer
Greg Thomas ~ Secretary
Rick Meadows ~ Commissioner
Georges Creek Watershed
Steve Pace ~ Chairman
John Cutchin ~ Treasurer
R. Stewart Bauknight ~ Commissioner
Eddie Crittendon ~ Commissioner
Clay Coggins ~ Commissioner
Brian Stoddard ~ District Conservationist
Robby Holcombe ~ Soil Conservation Technician
Racquel Slaton ~ Soil Conservationist
Oolenoy River Watershed Conservation District Board of Directors
All meetings will be held at the Pumpkintown Fire Department
4205 Pumpkintown Hwy Pickens, SC 29671
Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. unless noted otherwise.
Thursday, February 20, 2022
*Thursday, March 17, 2022
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Thursday, July 21, 2022
Thursday, September 20, 2022
Thursday, November 17, 2022
Special meetings and agendas will be posted on the outside bulletin board at the fire station. Public input will be allowed at regular scheduled meetings and other meetings as the agenda allows.