Ferguson honored for 45 years of service

By Kila Thompson | Feb 26, 2014

At the 70th annual meeting of the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Fines Creek resident James Ferguson was honored for 45 years of dedicated service as a conservation supervisor.

Conservation district supervisors serve on a five-member board that establishes and implements programs to protect and conserve soil, water, prime and unique farmland, rangeland, woodland, wildlife, energy, and other renewable resources on local, non-federal lands.

As a supervisor Ferguson is proficient on all rules, policies and statutes affecting conservation.

“It’s a job that comes naturally, and one that is taking on more and more importance,” he said.

Ferguson continues to make major contributions to conservation not only at the local level, but also at the state, regional and national levels.

Ferguson served as a member of the State Soil and Water Conservation Commission for almost two decades, with 13 years as its chairman. Ferguson’s attendance record speaks volumes. It’s estimated he has attended well over a 1,000 conservation meetings and trainings.

Many years of dedication have also been contributed to Haywood County on other boards; Ferguson has served on the Pigeon River Fund Board, Cattlemen’s Association,  board of education,  Fruit and Vegetable Association, Farmland Preservation Board, Haywood Community College governing board and the Fines Creek Community Association, to name a few.

Ferguson was inducted into the NCASWCD Hall of Fame, the highest honor given in the field of soil and water conservation, in January of 2012.

This award is reserved for conservation leaders who have made commendable contribution and accomplishments in advancing the conservation movement in North Carolina.

He was also recognized on the state, regional and national levels in 2004 by district employees as Conservation District Board Member of the Year. In 1996, Ferguson was awarded “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine” by N.C. Governor James Hunt for dedicated leadership in soil and water conservation.

Ferguson continues to serve as a supervisor and serves on numerous committees and boards across the county and state.

He is in his 30th year on the Southwestern N.C. Resource Conservation and Development Council. Ferguson ranks among only a few who have given more than four decades of service to Haywood County, its people and its resources.


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