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GUILFORD SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT SUPERVISOR

The non-paid board of supervisors meets monthly to establish local soil and water conservation priorities based on the needs of the district. The Board chairs work groups to address these priorities through the installation and implementation of best management practices that protect and improve the natural resources within the district. The work is accomplished by partnering with local, state and federal agencies; businesses; and non-profit organizations for technical and financial assistance. . The Division of Soil and Water Conservation administers ACSP, AgWRAP and CCAP, and holds each local board of supervisors accountable to these state programs. Each district is governed by a five-member board of supervisors. Three supervisors are elected on the general ballot as non-partisan candidates during the regular election of county officers, and two are appointed by the NC Soil and Water Conservation Commission upon recommendation of the local district board of supervisors.

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    Karen Coble Albright

  • Ray Briggs

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    Dave Crawford

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    Willard C. Robbins III

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    Antoinette Weaver

  • William White

Biographical Information

What do you see as the job of the Soil & Water Supervisors? (700 characters max)

What experience do you bring that makes (will make) you an effective Soil & Water Supervisor? (700 characters max)

What are the most pressing needs facing the District right now and how do you propose to address them? (700 characters max)

What is the most effective service/program the District provides currently for your county? (700 characters max)

Contact Phone (336) 509-8557
email address KarenCAlbright@yahoo.com
Position/philosophy statement Environmental philosophy examines our relation, as human beings, to our natural environment and nature.
Water Conservation and Soil Preservation. Our Agriculture depends on conservation of our most precious natural resources: water and land, Every investment in innovation also needs to be an investment in sustainability. As leader in agriculture, we have the opportunity and responsibility to address our most pressing challenges which are food security and natural resource conservation. Helping farms survive is planting the seeds of sustainability. Continue to provide financial and educational advice to landowners and operators. Providing technical consultation on erosion control and water quality for farmland and non-agricultural land.
To implement soil and water conservation projects. With the prescription of terms to make agriculture and engineering equipment available to landowners to conduct operations to conserve, develop and use soil and water resources. To develop and publish comprehensive plans for conservation of water and soil resources, controlling soil erosion and flood prevention. To adopt land use regulations governing use of our district to conserve soil resources and water conservation.
Chemicals in our water sources need to be cleaned up. First you have to find the source of these chemicals. I think Rep. Ted Davis from Wilmington's idea of working with all state environmental agencies in North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and West Virginia to see what pollutions might be flowing into North Carolina waters from across its borders. Find the source and clean it up. Water Conservation and Soil Preservation.
Guilford County provides educational programs on soil and water quality. We also provide technical assistance to landowners Guilford county's cost share program provides funds to landowners and farmers so they can install their best management practices of farmlands. The Guilford County agriculture soil and water conservation department works with citizens, agencies, and landowners to plan and direct programs for the conservation and development of our natural resources. We also work closely with other state, local and federal agencies, such as NC Department of Agriculture, NC Forest Service NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources,
Contact Phone (336) 823-7981
email address rbriggs1948@gmail.com
Position/philosophy statement Provide land owners of Guilford County with technical assistance and educational programs and materials to improve water quality in the county.
We should make sure we help fund the most efficient best management practices to solve our customers soil erosion and water quality/quantity issues as well as providing free technical assistance to land owners and free educational materials and programs to the citizens of Guilford County.
I have been an elected Supervisor for almost 8 years and have never missed a monthly board meeting. I have attended all but one of our spring and fall Area 3 (11 counties) meetings. I have attended all but one of our 3 day annual Association meetings. I know how to work together as a team with our 5 member board and with our staff. I also have served in the past as our Board`s secretary/treasurer.
The most pressing need facing the District is getting the state to provide more funding for the cost share programs so that the District can fund more best management practices that our applicants have applied for to solve more soil erosion and water quality/quantity issues in Guilford County. I plan to address this by working with our Board members to encourage our State Association to more effectively lobby the General Assembly for more funds. I will also continue to encourage our staff to research more grant funding for various conservation projects.
The most effective programs the District provides are the 3 main state cost share programs.The NC Agricultural Cost Share Program helps existing agricultural land owners fund and install best management practices to alleviate soil erosion, process animal waste into fertilizer, dispose of animal carcasses, provide water for livestock,etc. The Agricultural Water Resources Assistance Program helps agricultural land owners build ponds for irrigation and livestock watering among other practices. The Community Conservation Assistance Program helps non-agricultural land owners with best management practices such as cisterns, rain gardens, stream protection, etc.
Soil conservationists help landowners manage the continued use of their land. These professionals perform environmental surveys and advise on land management strategies. For example, they may oversee the construction of terraces to prevent erosion on slopes. They may also recommend that a farmer grow certain crops or develop a crop rotation plan.
I am a member of the National FFA Organization from high school and A Eagle Boy Scouts of America from 1992, also am in he The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), I have a bachelor's degree agricultural science, environmental studies, agronomy and hydrology. Relevant coursework includes mathematics, geology, ecology, data analysis, soil fertility and soil science.
A soil conservationist must collect samples and take measurements of land in order to understand erosion, create a plan for conservation and calculate the costs and time involved in a project. serve as supervisors on a conservation project, and ensure compliance to environmental regulations.
help landowners manage the continued use of their land. These professionals perform environmental surveys and advise on land management strategies also oversee the construction of terraces to prevent erosion on slopes also recommend that a farmer grow certain crops or develop a crop rotation plan.
Age (optional) 60
Contact Phone (336) 210-6716
email address willcfp@bellsouth.net
Soil and Water Supervisors duty is the preservation of Guilford County's water and soil resources. This translates into assuring reasonable land development, the preservation of family farming, and maintaining a balance thus assuring a good quality of life in Guilford County while protecting our soil and water resources.
I have 40 plus years of business experience including 20 years as a business owner. This experience develops a sense of balance to evaluate situations as they arise and be able to make responsible and careful decisions for the best possible outcome.
Guilford County has lagged behind the Triangle and Mecklenburg areas in terms of business and economic development. We need to make a better effort to bolster our local economy but at the same time preserve our rural traditions and find a balance for the two.
Being an outsider to the inner workings of the District I would be remiss to name a "most effective service," however in my opinion, the Voluntary Agricultural District program is an excellent service. Resources to help protect the continuance of family farms in urban leaning areas is of great importance and goes back to America's agrarian roots.
I personally view this position to be a resource for the residents of Guilford. This is an opportunity to act as a community leader and guide the County towards greener practices and implementing programs that promote involvement, education, and environmental awareness. If elected I will use this position to enact a positive change and work together will people from all different backgrounds on ways to better support our residents.
I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in under 4 years with a Bachelor’s in Earth and Environmental Sustainability Studies. Back then I was working with students at UNCG and A&T during the 2016 election.Right after graduating I moved out to Oregon to became an Outdoor Environmental Educator for the Bend Environmental Center. From there I worked as a Supporter Mobilization Intern for GreenPeace USA where I acted as a resource for volunteers around the country to link them with programs and community involvement opportunities. Then I moved back to Greensboro and started doing work as a Field Organizer, registering and educating residents on their rights as voters.
The Greensboro-Highpoint metropolitan area has been ranked as one of the worst food deserts in the country. A large portion of Guilford residents don’t have access to fresh and nutritious foods and may not have reliable transportation to get to the stores that are 1 or more miles away from their homes. So how do we combat this? We continue to push for more farmer’s markets across Guilford County that allow for residents to have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. This also provides an opportunity for smaller local farmers to get involved. I am also looking to push a community garden program in the public school systems to teach kids how to grow their own food and allow for public access.
The Conservation Programs that Guilford offers have the ability to truly shape the county and push us towards a greener future. These various programs offer to reimburse up to a certain percentage for groups to shift towards better management and conservation practices. If utilized these programs are not only effective in preservation but cost effective in the long term. I hope to bring more attention to these programs and really push for these changes to become more common throughout the county.

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