Tommy Houser of Vale was recently named the president of the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
The former Lincoln County Board of Education member and current chair of the Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District Board was officially sworn in for his one-year term at the association’s annual meeting on Jan. 8 in Durham.
Having previously campaigned for and been elected as the second and then first vice president of the group, he was automatically inducted as president for 2013, Patty Dellinger, district program coordinator for the local district, told the Times-News.
Houser served as first vice president in 2012.
The association was organized in 1944 to support and enhance the efforts of local soil and water conservation districts in conserving the natural resources in North Carolina. It is made up of the 96 local districts that are guided by a board of local citizens, three of whom are elected and two appointed.
This includes hundreds of district supervisors spread across the state’s 100 counties who direct local conservation programs.
Soil and water conservation districts work with landowners, businesses and other agencies one on one for locally led conservation through voluntary, incentive-based programs and assistance.
As president of the group, Houser will represent North Carolina’s soil and water districts at regional, statewide and national events, as well as at legislative functions.
Dellinger said he already has trips planned for Texas and Washington, D.C.
“It is an honor for Lincoln County to have someone in this position,” Dellinger said.
Houser will continue to serve as the chair of the local board, on which he has been a member for 37 years.