The South Carolina Conservation Districts have one common purpose — to promote among landowners a realization of their stewardship of our natural resources. The Laurens Soil and Water Conservation District is unique in the way that it goes about its mission. We are very fortunate to have been a facilitator for significant projects in Laurens County by aligning partnerships with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service along with forging alliances with a diverse group of governmental agencies, local cooperatives, businesses, and religious institutions in the county.
Our mission includes educating residents in Laurens County about the importance of our natural resources and the consequences of ignoring our soil and water resources. Our education is accomplished in a variety of formats. The funding for the educational programs comes from the generosity of residents becoming Affiliate Members. Please see the Get Involved page for more specific information about becoming an Affiliate Member.
Our Board of Commissioners (as pictured above), Jay Wham, Michael Seymour (Vice-Chair), Sarah Daniels, David Coggins (Treasurer), and Calvin Robertson (Chairman) are vital to our organization. We could not ask for better leadership.
Calvin Robertson graduated from Clemson University with a BS in Agriculture as well as an MS in Agriculture. Married to Diane for 50 years, three children and 5 grandchildren. Owner of Robertson Supply Co. (Ace Hardware). Member of Laurens Co. Forestry Board, RC&D Board, Farm Bureau County & State Boards, and Cattlemen’s Association. Has been a board member of the Laurens Soil and Water Conservation District since 2002.
Michael Seymour is a graduate of Laurens District 55, attended USC-Union at Laurens, Piedmont Technical College and Strom Thurmond Institute at Clemson. President of Print-A-Matic, Inc. in Laurens. Has three children, and five grandchildren. Chairman, Legislative Committee of the SC Association of Conservation Districts. Past board member Joe Adair Outdoor Education Foundation Board. Previously elected secretary of SCACD. Has been a board member of the Laurens Soil and Water Conservation District since 1995.
David Coggins graduated Tri-County Tech with an Associate Degree in Animal Science. Previous owner of Coggins Dairy. Current owner and operator of Coggins Poultry and Coggins Farm. Has 4 children and 3 grandchildren. Currently Chairman of the Board of the Joe Adair Outdoor Education Foundation. Born and raised in Laurens County. Has been a board member of the Laurens Soil and Water Conservation District since 2005.
Jay Wham earned his Bachelor’s in Aquaculture, Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Clemson. Married to Becca who is a teacher; they have 4 young children. Owner of Wham Environmental, LLC. Raised and lives in the Mountville community. Has been a board member of the Laurens Soil and Water Conservation District since January, 2009.
Sarah Daniels, originally from rural Iowa, moved to South Carolina in 2001 to begin work with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control as an environmental regulator. After many years working with that agency, she moved to the private sector in 2013. She is currently employed by Waste Management Sustainability Services, managing hazardous waste at a national retail chain's return center. Has been a board member since 2014.
We have a meeting on the 4th Tuesday of every month in the USDA board room. The public is welcome to attend.
The Associate Commissioners are also invaluable to our mission. Rev. Bill Blakely, Davis Gibbs, Don Jackson, Mickey Sutton, and Connie Daniels are active, not only in our projects, but so many other things throughout the community.
Lisa Good is our extremely important NRCS partner, she knows more than most of us.
Renee Gibbs is our District Coordinator and can be found in the office Monday-Friday, 9:30-1:30.
Our main goal is the education of Laurens County. We want to teach the youth that what they do can, in fact, make a real difference.
If the little ones learn earth-healthy habits, maybe they will pass them along to their parents, grandparents, and eventually their children.
Team Ecology is our biggest project each year. Every May, we touch the lives of over 700 3rd graders throughout the County. We work closely with teachers, volunteers, and sponsors to make this happen. The Joe R. Adair Outdoor Education Center is our beautiful location. Check it out in the link below.
Also, please watch our video from May 2017. It may inspire you to volunteer with us next year.... April 17 - 20, 2018.