We salute our Senior Conservationists for building and maintaining a very strong agency. Your years have been many, and we hope there are many more healthy and happy ones in your future.
The following Senior Conservationists were highlighted in the ARCSE Newsletters.
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Our March 2022 Senior Conservationist Paul H. Calverley was born August 27, 1938, in the Los Angeles, California, area near the San Gabriel Mountains. His family owned a lemon grove there. Paul graduated from Camarillo High School and attended the University of California at Davis. During his college years he had summer employment with the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. Paul married Harriet in 1960. He graduated in 1961 with a B.S. degree in Range Management.
Paul’s first job with SCS was in Canyon City, OR, as range conservationist. He was promoted in grade while there. His next position was as District Conservationist (DC) at Baker, OR. Following Baker, Paul was transferred to Fossil, OR, as a GS-11 DC. From Fossil he went to Le Grand, OR, as DC. Paul was promoted to Area Conservationist (AC) at Grants Pass, OR, then to Albany, OR, as AC. Paul then was promoted to Assistant State Conservationist for Operations at Reno, NV. From Reno Paul moved to Davis, CA, as Deputy State Conservationist. Paul was later promoted to State Conservationist for Idaho. Paul was selected to participate in the Legislative Fellowship Program. He was assigned to the office of then Oklahoma U.S. Senator David Boren. Paul completed his 34-year conservation career in 1994.
Paul and Harriet remained in Boise following his retirement. They have a row-crop farm in Idaho and a timber/pasture operation in Oregon. Paul has been a Supervisor on the Ada County (ID) Soil and Water Conservation District Board for many years. He served as its chairperson for eight years. Paul is proud of the Ada District’s accomplishments. There is an active urban conservation program as well as a range and cropland program component. The District has an active pollinator program, too.
Paul and Harriet have two sons and five granddaughters. They are active in their church and enjoy spending time in their wooded acreage in Oregon. Paul said that he feels truly blessed. He observed that he has noticed that when things in life aren’t going well it has been important for him to look beyond the difficulty – to have faith.
Our January 2022 Senior Conservationist is Senior Conservationist James H. (“Jim”) Canterberry was born September 28, 1937, in Forest Hill, WV. Forest Hill is about 40 miles southeast of Beckley, WV. Jim grew up on his family’s farm which raised cattle and sheep. He attended local schools and graduated from Forest Hill High School then enrolled in West Virginia University. Jim graduated with a BS degree in Animal Husbandry in 1959. During his university years he worked three summers as a Student Trainee.
Upon graduation in June of 1959 he accepted an entry-level position as Soil Conservationist at Princeton, WV. Jim decided to volunteer for military service rather than face the uncertainty of when he would be drafted. He entered the U, S. Army in September 1959; after basic and advanced training he was sent to Germany where he served as an administrative section chief in the 24th Infantry Division. He was honorably discharged at Fort Hamilton, NY, in September 1961. Jim then returned to Princeton, WV, where he was Soil Conservationist. In March 1962 he was promoted to soil Conservationist (GS-7) at Parkersburg, WV. Two years later he was promoted to District Conservationist at Huntington. In 1967 Jim accepted promotion to District Conservationist at Charleston where over the course of his three years there he was promoted in-place to GS-12. In 1971, he accepted the job of Area Conservationist at Edenton, NC. In 1975 he was brought into the SCS State Office in Raleigh as State Resource Conservationist. He served SCS in Raleigh from 1975 until he retired. During this period there were several reorganizations of the office during which Jim served as Assistant State Conservationist for Programs and Assistant State Conservationist for Technology. With the arrival of a new State Conservationist in 1995 Jim was asked where he felt he could best serve. Jim was reassigned the role of State Resource Conservationist and it is from that position that he retired in 1997. During his career, Jim received several outstanding ratings. He was also selected as a Fellow of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.
Jim has been very active during his retirement. From 1997 until 2018 he was an instructor of persons seeking certification in wastewater management through North Carolina State University. He has been very active through NC Baptist Men and their disaster relief activities. Jim has worked on water assessment in Togo, Africa, farm assessments in Honduras following Hurricane Mitch, and housing construction in El Salvador. He has made seven trips to the Gulfport area of Mississippi following hurricanes.
Jim and his wife Rebecca were married in 1963. They have a daughter and a son and six grandchildren. Jim has written A History of Roles Chapel Baptist Church; this is his home church in Forest Hills. He has also researched history and family genealogy. From this has come two histories – one of family involvement during the Civil War and the other the actions of Forest Hill citizens during the Civil War. Jim and Rebecca enjoy spending time on the family farm in West Virginia. Jim says that life is too short to have a job you do not like, and that putting conservation on the land was and is a very satisfying life.