Meet Pamela Stroupe — a grandmother of three, a lifelong Lincoln County resident who grew up on a farm and later-raised her family on one, and a woman who formerly taught high school algebra and geometry for a decade.
More currently, she’s up for re-election this year to stay a member of the county’s “best kept secret,” the Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation Board.
Stroupe is unopposed in the election race for the position this year, and is making plans for ways to execute ideas she hopes will bring awareness to area residents about the local board of the Conservation District and other goals she hopes to accomplish over her next term.
“If you asked average Joe what the Soil and Water Board is, he wouldn’t know,” Stroupe told the Times-News on Tuesday.
“But we have limited funds and limited resources with which to market. We rely on word of mouth and the little things we do, like Conservation Field Day, and essay, poster and slide show contests; those kinds of things make a difference.”
Stroupe hopes to continue making trips to area classrooms and teaching children the importance of the environment and acting responsibly — picking up litter they spot and choosing to throw away garbage, rather than dropping it on the ground.
Getting younger generations involved is the key to the future, as well as getting them excited, so they will run home and tell their parents to continue to spread awareness, Stroupe noted.
Growing up on a farm and currently living on one today, Stroupe has a background in education and brings her experience in education to the table, as well as her ability to effectively communicate with children in a way that makes sense to them.
Though the Soil and Water Conservation Districts strive to work with farmers to ensure they are using the proper methods to utilize the state’s soil, water and other natural resources available to them, there is a growing importance in residential areas and in schools — she feels that everyone needs to learn about keeping the soil and water healthy, crucial components living organisms on Earth.
Recognizing the various funding options available to promote eco-friendly practices for local residents to do things like collect rain water to later-use for watering a garden or for lawn maintenance, is half the battle. Untapped dollars are available for such projects, the public just may not be aware of those opportunities.
An East Lincoln High graduate, the mother of three’s only regret about starting a career in environmental awareness is that she didn’t make the switch sooner. Her goal remains to educate, just maybe with less of a focus on isosceles triangles and more on the sustainability of the planet.
“I want everyone to be aware that the world we live in is limited and won’t last forever,” Stroupe said.
“Every person is responsible for recycling and picking up after themselves to make sure future generations have life’s necessities. If we can get one positive response, then we’re (the Conservation District) a success.”