About The District
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.
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.
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
Katharine Dubansky, Vice Treasurer
Cameron Crawford, Associate Member
Willie Lantz, Secretary
Shaun Sanders, District Manager (MDA)
Phone: 301-501-5867 Email: Shaun.Sanders@Maryland.gov
Chad Bucklew, District Conservationist (USDA-NRCS)
Phone: 301-501-5861 Email: Chad.Bucklew@md.usda.gov
Cheston "Butch" Miller, Soil Conservation Associate (MDA)
Phone: 301-501-5864 Email: Butch.Miller@md.nacdnet.net
Charles "Chuck" Hayes, Soil Conservation Associate (MDA)
Phone: 301-501-5865 Email: Chuck.Hayes@md.nacdnet.net
Roger Kitzmiller, Soil Conservation Engineering Technician (MDA)
Phone: 301-501-5866 Email: Roger.Kitzmiller@md.nacdnet.net
Chris Herbert, Soil Conservation Engineering Technician (MDA)
Phone: 301-501-5868 Email: Chris.Herbert@Maryland.gov
Jessica Aronhalt, Soil Conservationist (USDA-NRCS)
Phone: 301-501-5862 Email: Jessica.Aronhalt@md.usda.gov
Vacant, Soil Conservation Technician (USDA-NRCS)
Phone: 301-501-5863 Email:
Carrie Colebank, Administrative Assistant (SCD)
Phone: 301-501-5860 Email: Carrie.Colebank@Maryland.gov
Natural Resource Issues
A. Erosion Control
1. Develop soil conservation and water quality plans for Garrett County
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.