Hanover-Caroline Soil and Water Conservation Conservation District

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In an effort to maintain social distancing, the District is serving one client at a time in our office, until further notice. Appointments with our conservation specialists are recommended to avoid asking anyone to wait in the hallway. 


Jan. 12, 2021
Hanover Department of Social Services Conference Room  12304 Washington Highway
Ashland, VA 23005
9:00 a.m.

* Members of the community who wish to attend our meetings, please notify H-C SWCD Financial Specialist, Kathy Shamblin,  at 804-537-3009 or via email to ensure we are able to provide sufficient seating to follow social distancing guidelines.



The District's mission is to provide and promote leadership in the conservation of natural resources through proper stewardship and educational programs.


The District promotes the conservation of natural resources through initiatives that include serving as a primary resource for educational and technical assistance to local government, schools, civic groups, agriculture, and urban, transitional and business communities.


The District consists of a citizen board of elected and appointed directors and a full-time staff of conservation, education, and administrative specialists.

Director Terms of Service

Two directors are elected to represent Hanover County and two are elected to represent Caroline County. Each serve a 4-year term and are elected in the November general election. Two at-large members are appointed by the Board to serve as directors. Additionally, non-voting associate directors are appointed by the Board.


A video recording of the October 2, 2020 Education Committee meeting, held via Zoom, is available upon request.

Directors and Officers

  • Leigh Pemberton, Director, Chairman, appointed
  • Donald L. Wells, Director, Vice Chairman, Secretary, elected, Hanover
  • Cindy Smith, Director, Treasurer, elected, Caroline
  • George Rice, Director, elected, Hanover
  • Joseph H. Stepp, III, Director, Vice-Chairman, elected, Caroline
  • Laura Maxey-Nay, Director, appointed, Virginia Cooperative Extension agent
  • Tim Tobin, Associate Director, appointed, Caroline
  • J. Timothy Etheredge, Associate Director, appointed, Hanover
  • Casey Engel, Associate Director, appointed, Caroline
  • Meredeth Dash, Associate Director, appointed, Hanover