Lauderdale County Soil & Water Conservation District

to serve the needs of our local landowners in Lauderdale County through outreach and education. Our main purpose is to serve as a liaison between our landowners and governmental agencies.

By 1967 the state of Alabama had established local Soil Conservation Districts based on county boundaries.  Since then, Lauderdale County has officially been involved in water and soil conservation.  But even prior to that, our current board members had families deaply  involved in conservation of our natural resources.  Our Chairman, D.C. Thornton was appointed to our Board in August of 1995.  Mr. Thornton raises corn, cotton, wheat, soybeans and beef cattle.  Our Vice Chairman, R.L. Behel was appointed to our Board in 2005.  He is a retired dairy farmer raising grain, soybeans and beef cattle.  Our Secretary Nancy O'Neal was also appointed in 2005.  Nancy manages over 800 acres where she raises cattle, horses and small grains.  Lawrence Smith was appointed to serve on our Board in 1997.  He raises cotton, corn, soybeans, wheat and beef cattle.  Brian Smith was appointed in 2012.  He raises beef cattle and hay. Each member serves on the Board for a 3 year term before being eligible for reappointment. 


Contact Lauderdale County Soil & Water Conservation District

Contact Lauderdale County Soil & Water Conservation District

Donna Garretson
Watershed Coordinator
2431 Darby Dr.
Suite B
Florence, Alabama  35630-1560
Phone: (256) 764-5833 ext 3
Fax: (256) 764-7224


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Lauderdale County, Alabama