takes lead role with MASCDLee McDaniel of Darlington, Maryland was elected president of the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts (MASCD) at their recent Annual Meeting in Solomons, MD.Lee
brings to this role, eight years experience as a district supervisor of the Harford Soil Conservation District
(SCD) and four years as vice-president to MASCD
.As the manager of the family,s 850 acre beef and crop farm since 1972, Lee
understands the issues facing the agricultural clients of the districts. ,I am looking forward to working with the new leadership of Maryland,s conservation partnership,, said Lee, referring to the fact that USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service has just selected Ginger Murphy to serve as the new State Conservationist and Doug Scott has recently joined the Maryland Department of Agriculture as Assistant Secretary for resource conservation programs. ,I feel that there is a new desire to carry out Maryland,s conservation activities as a strong team and that is very encouraging as we work with local landowners,,
also understands that the role of the soil conservation districts is changing to meet the needs of the growing urban population.
According to Lee
, ,Many individuals only see the districts as the agency that works with local farmers to prepare soil and water conservation plans and to install best management practices on farms.In fact, districts play a major role in urban programs, most significant is our role reviewing and approving sediment and erosion control plans, and our urban activities are expanding, even in our more rural districts.,Lee has served as a volunteer for many organizations including serving as the vice-chairman of Harford Community College Board of Trustees, president of Harford Farm Bureau, chairman of the Lower Deer Creek Rural Legacy Board, and was the Harford Soil Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1989.Lee has a BS in agricultural economics from Cornell University.
...Lee replaces outgoing President Bob Wilson from Queen Anne,s SCD who served from 2001-2005.