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A Special Career in Conservation Atwood to retire from local SWCD

A Special Career in Conservation: Atwood to retire from local SWCD

Story by Jaime Tankersley

Delton Atwood�s career in West Texas has focused on conserving local natural resources since 1967. His conservation career is ending soon and his expertise will be missed by all.

A native of Paint Rock, he currently works for the Concho Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). Prior to his 27 years with the district, he spent 7 years with the Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service (ASCS), now the Farm Service Agency (FSA), and 13 years working for the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), now the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

�I have spent most of my life in Concho County.� Atwood said. �I have had a hand in staking almost every terrace in this area and chaining every cropland field.�

Atwood�s service has not gone without notice. Laura Broyles, NRCS district conservationist has worked with Atwood since 2006. She said, �What a pleasure it has been to work with him over the last several years. He�s been an asset to the office, and a wealth of knowledge in so many areas.�

Atwood attended San Angelo College, now Angelo State University. After leaving college he returned home and spent the better half of his life tending to the needs of farmers and ranchers in the area.
Atwood started with the SWCD in 1984, working day in and day out in the field with SCS/NRCS, employee, Glen McCord.

�We did a tremendous amount of terracing; some do not realize that every terrace connects even when the owner of the land changes.� Atwood recalled.

�I learned from being in the field, not behind a computer. When we staked a pond, we would let nature guide where installation should occur.�

Atwood has only seen five NRCS district conservationists come through the Eden field office since he started his career.

�It has been such a pleasure to work with good people.� Atwood said.

�You never know where people will go after they leave Eden; we had one planner that went on to become a state conservationist. It�s always been a neat opportunity to help people succeed and I would like to think I have had a positive impact on some of the people who have passed through this office.�

The future for Atwood includes farming and ranching on the side, both of which he has enjoyed in the past. He will continue to grow wheat and run Rambouillet sheep on his Concho County operation.
�I foresee a trip to Colorado with dear friends, and a few extra hours with the grandkids.� he said.

Atwood�s last day as the Concho SWCD employee will be May 10, 2011. Producers, residents and anyone else who would like wish him well can come by the Concho County USDA Service Center, located at 1100 E. Broadway, between 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Broyles said. �Delton�s attitude and eagerness to help out will truly be missed.�

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Delton Atwood will retire from the Concho Soil and Water Conservation District May 10, 2011 after spending five decades helping to conserve our natural resources.