If you could look up the phrase ï¿½committed to conservationï¿½ in the dictionary, it would have a picture of James H. Furrh, Jr.
Mr. Furrh retired from 30 years as a conservation technician with the Soil Conservation Service in 1984, and then went to work for the Trinity-Neches Soil and Water Conservation District #422 and the Kaufman-Van Zandt-Rockwall Soil & Water Conservation District #505. The Districts could not pay Mr. Furrh for all of the hours he worked, but that did not deter Mr. Furrh. He believes that you do not quit just because someone cannot pay you -- if you have a job to finish, you finish it. Ten years went by before he could be convinced to sign up as an Earth Team Volunteer in 1995 to capture all of the hours that he worked. He works over 500 hours each year and he still does not document all the hours that he works.
When Mr. Furrh first started volunteering, the NRCS was down to one person in each of the offices he was assisting. There were many more customers requesting assistance than what NRCS personnel could assist. He was able to help with this work load. Because of his knowledge of the counties and people, he was able to help the offices make new programs success stories. Without Mr. Furrh, many program participants would not have known about the programs.
For Mr. Furrhï¿½s 66 years of commitment to conservation and his self-less acts as an earth team volunteer, he is our 2010 Texas Earth Team Program Volunteer of the Year.
Mr. Furrhï¿½s extensive experience in the field makes him an invaluable part of the SWCD and NRCS office teams in Anderson, Henderson and Van Zandt Counties.
Mr. Furrh has been volunteering his time to the NRCS and SWCD offices since 1984, but has only signed up as an Earth Team volunteer since 1995.
Mr. Furrh is a respected voice knowledge with producers in the area. He helps the NRCS office and the Districts with their high work load.
Mr. Furrh works over 500 hours each year as an NRCS Earth Team volunteer.
Members of the Trinity-Neches SWCD and the Kaufman-Van Zandt-Rockwall SWCD present Mr. Furrh (second from left) with his Earth Team Volunteer of the Year award.