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Garrett Soil Conservation District

1916 Maryland Highway Suite C

Mountain Lake Park, MD 21550

301-334-6951

 

 

 

 

 

About The District

 

 

Mission Statement

 

To implement conservation programs and initiatives within Garrett County to protect and improve our soil, water, and related natural resources through local involvement and decision making.

 

 

Function Statement

 

To take technical, financial, and education resources, whatever their source, and focus or coordinate them so that they meet the needs of the local land manager with conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources.

 

 

History

 

The Garrett Soil Conservation District was created in 1943, under provisions of the Maryland Soil Conservation Districts Law, to involve local citizens in conservation planning and erosion and sediment control programs. The District functions independently under a five-member Board of Supervisors. As a political subdivision of state government, the District exercises public powers and receives guidance and assistance from the State Soil Conservation Committee. Although we have the same boundaries as Garrett County, we are not part of county government. Our staff and operating budgets are funded through a combination of federal, state, and local assistance. It is this unique three-way partnership that enables us to carry out our mission.

 

 

Board of Supervisors

 

George Bishoff, Chairman

Kristen Enlow, Vice Chairman

James "Smokey" Stanton, Treasurer

Vacant, Vice Treasurer 

Katharine Dubansky, Member

Willie Lantz, Secretary

 

Office Staff

 

Shaun Sanders, District Manager (MDA)

     Phone:  301-334-6958  Email:  Shaun.Sanders@Maryland.gov

Chad Bucklew, District Conservationist (USDA-NRCS)

     Phone:  301-334-6957  Email:  Chad.Bucklew@md.usda.gov  

Cheston "Butch" Miller, Soil Conservation Associate (MDA)

     Phone:  301-334-6974  Email:  Butch.Miller@md.nacdnet.net   

Charles "Chuck" Hayes, Soil Conservation Associate (MDA)

     Phone:  301-334-6978  Email:  Chuck.Hayes@md.nacdnet.net  

Roger Kitzmiller, Soil Conservation Engineering Technician (MDA)

     Phone:  301-334-6982  Email:  Roger.Kitzmiller@md.nacdnet.net  

Chris Herbert, Soil Conservaton Engineering Technician (MDA)

      Phone:  301-334-8082  Email:  Chris.Herbert@Maryland.gov

Jessica Aronhalt, Soil Conservationist (USDA-NRCS)

     Phone:  301-334-6956  Email:  Jessica.Aronhalt@md.usda.gov  

Megan Mauk, Soil Conservation Technician (USDA-NRCS)

     Phone:  301-334-6975  Email:  Megan.Mauk@md.usda.gov  

Carrie Colebank, District Secretary (SCD)

     Phone:  301-334-6981  Email:  Carrie.Colebank@Maryland.gov

 

 Natural Resource Issues

 

A. Erosion Control

          1. Develop soil conservation and water quality plans for Garrett County

              agriculture landowners.

          2. Continue to review Garrett County Erosion and Sediment Control plans for

              compliance with approved standards and specifications.

          3. Continue to provide technical assistance to individual landowners and users in

              addressing erosion and runoff problems.

          4. Increase awareness of county and state road officials of the importance and

              need of ditch and road bank stabilization.

 

B. Water Quality

          1. Provide assistance to landowners by designing waste storage systems, roof and

              barnyard runoff, and heavy use protection areas.

          2. Develop a District stream protection pilot project to improve water quality.

          3. Enroll and assist landowners in establishing fencing and/or riparian buffers.

 

C. Nutrient Management

          Assist landowners in complying with the Maryland Nutrient Management Law

          by providing soils, farm boundaries, field numbers, acres, account ID numbers,

          and related information.

 

D. Natural Resource Inventory of Problem Areas and Solutions

          Establish a list of resource problem areas to target for corrective action such as

          stream bank erosion, heavy use protection areas, overgrazed pasture, etc.

 

E. Conservation Education

          Provide information education activities such as tours, demonstrations, news

          articles, and school programs as requested.

 

 

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