Coleman Gusler selected as the new State Conservation Engineer
Coleman grew up on a dairy and tobacco farm near Lincoln’s Birthplace in LaRue County, Kentucky. He attended the University of Kentucky, where he received a BS degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1979. In March, 1980, he started work with the Soil Conservation Service in Russellville, Kentucky, where he learned the first day that “Things aren’t quite the same on the ground as in the textbooks.”
In November, 1980 he moved to the Bowling Green Area office and spent the next 12 years there helping build watershed dams, channel improvement projects, reclaiming rural abandoned mines and literally a hundred plus animal waste facilities in the Bowling Green area. He also found time to marry Lenora, his wife of almost 30 years.
In January, 1992 he moved to Albany, Oregon, a small timber town in the middle of the Willamette Valley. The area at that time was known for its dairy and grass seed producing farms, most run by first or second generation “hard headed Dutchmen”. But since Coleman comes from equally hard headed German stock, they managed to get conservation on the ground.
He moved to Madisonville, Kentucky in November 1998 and worked with many poultry and beef farmers to install animal waste storage facilities. He also worked with row crop farmers to install many erosion control practices on cropland.
In September, 2005 he moved to Lexington and has worked at the state office ever since assisting with EWP project installation and providing support to the field engineers, Civil Engineering Technicians and field office staff.