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Houser appointed to conservation board

SARAH LOWERY
Staff Writer

Tommy Houser has been reappointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to serve as a member of the North Carolina Soil and Water Conservation Commission.
A resident of Vale and former member of the county’s Board of Education, Houser is also currently serving a one-year term as president of the N.C. Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, a post for which he was sworn in in January. He will serve on the commission representing this position.
The seven-member Soil and Water Conservation Commission provides oversight, rules and policy for the state soil and water conservation programs, which are voluntary and emphasize a locally led approach to improve and protect water quality and natural resources for a wide range of land uses.
The commission is responsible for determining cost-share allocations to the state’s 96 conservation districts. In return, the local districts use these funds to provide financial and technical assistance to landowners to install best-management practices on the landscape of North Carolina. The group also has the responsibility and authority to appoint and remove soil and water conservation district supervisors.
Houser will continue to serve as the chair of the Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District Board, on which he has been a member for 38 years.

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