Andrew Keffer and Jason Williams were re-elected in November to represent Craig County on the Mountain Castles Soil and Water Conservation District board of directors. This will be the third four-term for both.
“It’s hard to put a value on the experience that Andrew and Jason bring to the board, both as farmers and as soil and water directors,” said Tim Miller, district coordinator for Mountain Castles SWCD. “We rely on their experience and their vision for where we can go in the future.”
With almost $2 million in funding available to farmers in the current program year, expanding the number of farms in Craig County that implement conservation practices is vital to achieve the water quality goals of the district.
“We rely on our directors to participate in conservation programs and to encourage their peers to do the same,” said Miller. Last year the district spent over $650,000 on conservation projects in Botetourt and Craig which help make our local streams and rivers cleaner.
Jeff Henderson and Jason Preston Wickline, elected directors from Botetourt County, and Walter Nelson, an appointed director from Botetourt County, also serve on the Mountain Castles board. Michael Beahm, Jeff Muncey, and Tom and Tara Williamson serve as associate directors.
In addition to agricultural programs, Mountain Castles SWCD implements the Virginia Conservation Assistance Program, which is available to homeowners. Visit www.mountaincastles.org for more information.
-The New Castle Record