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Directors of Live Oak SWCD #323

Pictured from left to right: Richard Lee, Vice-Chairman; Leroy Wolff, Chair; Vicki Riser, Board Member; William Smith, Board Member; Pauline Word, Secretary-Treasurer.


The Association of

Conserving and Protecting the Soil and Water Resources of Texas

Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Live Oak Soil and Water Conservation District No. 323


The Live Oak Soil and Water Conservation District No. 323 is comprised of the following Directors: Chair – Leroy Wolff; Vice Chairman – Richard Lee; Pauline Word – Secretary/Treasurer; Vicki Riser – Board Member and William Smith – Board Member.  Vicki Riser is also State Director for District 3 with the Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

This year, the Live Oak Soil and Water Conservation District won Outstanding Conservation District for Zone 3.  Every Board Member is very active in helping the community conserve and protect soil and water resources.

The Harris Ranch – Gerry and Karen Elliff - won the Outstanding Conservation Rancher Award for Zone 3.

In January, the Board attended the South Texas Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Meeting in Laredo, Texas.  In February, Leroy Wolff and Vicki Riser attended the Committee of 100 Meeting / Conservation District Day at the Capitol in Austin, Texas to raise awareness for soil and water conservation.

In March, the District, along with our local USDA-NRCS Field Office, had a booth at the Live Oak County Fair to provide the public with many different publications and answered questions concerning natural resources related issues.

Due to parts of Live Oak County being in the Cattle Fever Tick Quarantine Area, the District, along with our local USDA-NRCS Field Office, held a special Local Work Group Meeting to address ongoing questions and to discuss possible funding of conservation practices that could assist ranchers in the effort to help eradicate the cattle fever tick.

In April, the District participated in the 2017 Soil and Water Stewardship Week by having the Proclamation signed by Live Oak County Judge Jim Huff.

On May 9th, the District, along with our local USDA-NRCS Field Office, held our 2017 Range Clinic and Ranch Tour at the Braune Ranch and the Ray Point Community Center.  About 75 producers attended the program which included a free luncheon and the option to receive 4 CEU’s from the Live Oak Texas AgriLife Extension Office.

On May 12th, the District held a live fish sale for anyone wanting to stock their tanks and ponds.

The District also participated in the 2017 Poster and Essay Contest.  Many insightful posters and essays were received.  The first and second place winners selected by the District, will win a cash award along with a certificate.

All of the Directors plan to attend this year’s upcoming 77th Annual Meeting of SWCD Directors to be held at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas.

I am inspired by them every day and honored to work with such a devoted group who go above and beyond the call of duty each and every day to do what they can to help in the conservation of our natural resources.  

Submitted by Live Oak Soil and Water Conservation District No. 323
Sherry M. Kosarek, District Clerk