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Rainwater honored for service to
LawCo. Conservation District



Bill Rainwater accepts a citation from the Arkansas State Senate recognizing his 32 years of service on the board of the Lawrence County Conservation District. Debbie Mooreland (right), program administrator for the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts, made the presentation.

William I. "Bill" Rainwater was honored Friday at a drop-in reception for his years of service to the Lawrence County Conservation District. Rainwater has served on the board since 1979 and retired from the board in August.

Michael E. Sullivan, Arkansas State Conservationist with the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), presented Rainwater with a granite plaque. The plaque states, "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. In honor of your timeless leadership, dedication and loyalty in the field of conservation."

Debbie Mooreland, program administrator for the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts, presented Rainwater with a citation from the Arkansas State Senate recognizing his 32 years of service on the board of the Lawrence County Conservation District.

Rainwater's association with conservation began long before 1979.

"I remember as a little boy my father (R.S. Rainwater) spending most of his time going back and forth to the Carolinas to meet with Dr. Hugh Hammond Bennett, working to get President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to create conservation programs in the United States of America," said Rainwater.

"After much work and many trips, President Roosevelt approved the creation of conservation legislation allowing for conservation districts to be formed, " he said.

Rainwater said his father immediately filed applications for a three-county conservation district that included Lawrence County. "Ours was the second district in the USA," he said.

Rainwater recalled that his dad and mother drove around the country to 46 of the then 48 states, at their personal expense, to promote the conservation movement. He and his brother made some of those trips.

"Conservation has been a major part of my life, and I appreciate so much having been named a member of the Arkansas Association Conservation District Hall of Fame and the opportunity to meet and make good friends with the finest people in this country," he concluded.

Rainwater has also served on the state and national conservation boards.

Other members of the Lawrence County Conservation District board are: Ray Moseley, chairman; Tony Teel, vice-chairman; Larry Jones, secretary/treasurer; David Foley, member; and Roger Tinsley, who was elected to the board in September.

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