2013 J. B. McAdams Conservationist of the Year

Leroy Claiborne Gillespie, V.

L. Claiborne Gillespie, V. has continued the dedication, passion, and commitment of soil and water conservation that had been instilled in him through many generations of soil stewards.

His farm encompasses nearly 1500 acres of cropland which is nearly 100% no-tilled to reduce erosion and improve water quality. Conservation practices include terraces and diversions, grassed waterways, contour farming and crop rotation.

Claiborne also manages a wildlife shallow water impoundment and annual food plots for duck hunting.

 

2012 J. B. McAdams Conservationist of the Year

Randall Taylor, Jr.

Randall Taylor, Jr.'s dedication to conservation has been proven not only by his service with the District but in the conservation practices he has implemented.

The approximately two thousand acres of cropland he works is nearly 100% no-tilled to reduce erosion and improve water quality.  Conservation practices include terraces and diversions, grassed waterways, contour farming, and crop rotation.

Randall also manages to help maintain woodland for timber and wildlife benefits.

 

2011 J. B. McAdams Conservationist's of the Year

Keith and Steve Sullivan

Keith and Steve Sullivan have a long history of dedication to conservation in Haywood County on the nearly two thousand acres they farm.

The lands they farm are dominantly no-tilled to reduce erosion and improve water quality.  Conservation practices include terraces and diversions, grassed waterways, contour farming, and crop rotations.

These brothers also manage to help maintain thousands of acres of woodland for timber and wildlife benefits and have assisted their landowners in enrolling over 65 acres of the more marginal cropland in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and have planted those acres in trees and grasses.

 

2010 - Ronald, Clyde and Everett Woods

2009 - Lois Morrison

2008 - Tom Mann

2007 - Bradley Jones

2006 - Dewayne Hendrix

 

In 2006 the District Board made the long overdue decision to honor the memory of J. B. McAdams who they found had done more for the conservation of soil and water in Haywood County than any one person could ever hope to accomplish in a lifetime.

"Mr. Mack", as he was known was District Conservationist  from April 1951 to January 1985 when he retired.  He continued his service as a volunteer during heavy workload periods until 1990.  Mr. Mack literally surveyed, designed and oversaw construction of many thousands of miles of terraces and untold numbers of other conservation practices.

Much of the success of Haywood County's agricultural industry today is the result of the millions of tons of soil saved through his work.  He left his footprint on most of the land in Haywood County.

 

2005 - Jimmy and Danny Leath

2004 - James Lewis

2003 - Hunter Hooper

2002 - Milton and Becky Booth