Maryland Soil Conservation Committee

Official Name of Board or Commission:  State Soil Conservation Committee

Statutory Authority: Agriculture Article, Maryland Annotated Code §§ 8-101 - 8-205.  

Vision and Mission
Mission: To provide leadership statewide, guide and direct the Maryland Department of Agriculture and coordinate among represented agencies and others in matters related to soil conservation and water quality policy and program development to ensure environmental goals are met with programs that are economically, technically and socially feasible.  

Vision: A cadre of pro-active soil conservation district leaders working with cooperating agencies to address natural resource issues and deliver programs to farmers, landowners and others to achieve local, state and federal environmental and economic goals.  

Primary Function
State Soil Conservation Committee (SSCC) authority allows it to adopt regulations, manage and dispose of federal grants, provide funds and staff to Soil Conservation Districts (SCD), advise SCDs and MDA, and provide information and education.  

Since 1984 with the formation of the Office of Resource Conservation at MDA, the SSCC role has mainly been to make recommendations to MDA on programs and policies related to soil conservation and water quality, provide information, coordinate and appoint 4 of 5 supervisors to SCDs, and facilitate interchange and coordination among a network of local, state and federal agencies.  

Voting Members
William Giese, Chair,  Lower Eastern Shore (Area 5)
James Stanton, Vice Chair, Western Maryland (Area 1)
James "Pete" Parreco, Southern Maryland (Area 2)
Frank Richardson, Central Maryland (Area 4)
John Swaine, III, Upper Eastern Shore (Area 3)
Hans Schmidt, MD Association of Soil Conservation Districts (ex-officio)
Kevin Smith, MD Dept. of Natural Resources (ex-officio)
(Vacant), MD Dept. of the Environment (ex-officio)
Dave Myers, University of Maryland Extension (ex-officio)
Royden Powell, MD Dept. of Agriculture (ex-officio)
Milly Welsh

Non-Voting/Advisory Members
Dr. Terron Hillsman, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (ex-officio)
Linda Slacum, USDA Farm Service Agency (ex-officio)

Primary Contact for the Public

Louise Lawrence, Executive Secretary
Phone: 410.841.5863
louise.lawrence@maryland.gov

Identified spokesperson for media or public speaking engagements
Louise Lawrence or current chair, William Giese

Meeting Schedule
3rd Thursday of every month 9:30 a.m. - noon
July and January meetings held in conjunction w/MASCD annual meetings, usually afternoon of first full day.


Updated 4.21.15