April 27, 2016 News Release: Conservation District honors J. Robert Rice, Greene County Government, Pennsylvania

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Greene County Conservation District
22 West High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
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News Release

County of Greene, Pennsylvania
Contact: Lisa Snider, District Manager
Phone: 724-852-5278

Conservation District honors J. Robert Rice
FOR RELEASE — April 27, 2016

WAYNESBURG, PA — The Greene County Conservation District honored J. Robert Rice at a dedication ceremony during Soil and Water Conservation Week on Tuesday, April 26 at the Greene County Historical Society Museum. A tri-colored beech tree was planted in recognition of Rice’s fifty years of service to the Greene County Conservation District Board.

Rice was first appointed to the Conservation District Board as a farmer director in 1965 and remains active today as the director emeritus and the Dirt and Gravel Program Quality Assurance board member. Rice’s service to the board includes three years as farmer director, nine years as district treasurer, thirty-three years as district chairman and the past five years as director emeritus.

Rice, a life-long resident of Greene County, operated a 327-acre farm in Gilmore Township, owned and operated the general store in Jollytown, a former Gilmore Township Supervisor, a local historian and a respected voice for the conservation movement both inside and outside the county borders. Rice was involved in many large projects undertaken during his tenure on the board as Chairman and director including: the building of the flood control project PA 647 that protects the city of Wheeling, WV; the development of the Southwest Project Grass; the development of the Greene County soils mapping in the late 70’s; the USGS groundwater study that surveyed drilled water wells in the county; and encouraged the hiring of a full-time district staff to oversee the county’s natural resources.

The Greene County Conservation District Board commends Mr. J. Robert Rice for his many years of service to the community, conservation district and local farmers.

Pictured from l. to r.: Greg Hopkins, Director; Bill Wentzel, Director; Gay Thistle, Associate Director; Thomas Headlee, Director; Jim Cowell, Director; J. Robert Rice, Director Emeritus; Bradley Eisiminger; Chairman; Back Row: Jeff Rode, Associate Director; Bill Cree, Jr., Associate Director

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at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399
Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370

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