Senior Conservationists

We salute our Senior Conservationists for building and maintaining a very strong agency. Their legacy continues on the land and in the people they continue to serve.

How can I qualify?

Any retiree who served in SCS or NRCS and who meets these criteria will be named a Senior Conservationist:

            ●  Must have served in the SCS or NRCS and be at least 83 years of age.

            ●  Must complete and submit the Senior Conservationist Questionnaire.

            Note: Retiree does not have to be a member of ARCSE to qualify.

For a list of current Senior Conservationists, click here

For a list of deceased Senior Conservationists, click here

Every Newsletter has a Senior Chronicles section highlighting the Live of a Senior Conservation. The most recent Senior Chronicles are available here.

November Senior Conservationist, Paul H. Calverley

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 5 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.


September 2021 Senior ConservationistFrank F. Reckendorf

Senior Conservationist Frank F. Reckendorf was born December 30, 1934, at Waukegan, Illinois. Waukegan is just north of Chicago and is the county seat of Lake County, Illinois. Frank attended local schools and graduated from Waukegan Township High School. Almost immediately after graduation he joined the United States Air Force. He was still stateside when the Korean War ended. He joined the United States Air Force’s Security Service and trained as a radio intercept officer. His last few months of service were spent in Turkey, where he intercepted Soviet Union radio traffic. After his military service, Frank turned his attention to furthering his education. He attended Iowa State University where he graduated with both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in geology in 1961 and 1963, respectively.

Frank was hired by SCS as geologist for agency operations in Oregon. At the WNTC, Frank also served as Sedimentation Geologist for the region. During his first years in Oregon, Frank was also enrolled at the University of Oregon (Corvallis) where he earned a Ph.D. degree in Soil Science in 1973. During the 1970s, following passage of the National Environmental Policy Act and legal challenges to SCS programs under NEPA, Frank was part of a national team that crafted the first guidance that served to bring agency programs into compliance. For the last ten years of his career Frank served the west region as sedimentation geologist. He retired in April of 1994.

After retirement, Frank started a consulting business specializing in fluvial geomorphology and fluvial geomorphological studies and designs. Of the dozens of conceptual designs he has prepared, the largest was a million-dollar wetland restoration for Ducks Unlimited. His largest study was as head of the team that developed the Chehulis River Basin Study (western Washington State) for the Lewis County Conservation District.

Frank has authored over 100 publications and client reports. He has served as an expert witness in 17 litigations as a geologist or fluvial geomorphologist. In 1989 Frank was awarded the Federal Employee of the Year, Community Services Award, from the Federal Executive Board of the Greater Portland Area. Frank’s volunteer work with Little People of America earned him their Distinguished Service Award in 1991. In 2007, he was recognized with an Outstanding Service Award by the Society of Ecological Restoration, Northwest for his volunteer work.

Frank married Elisabeth Steidel in 1959; they have been married 62 years. They have two children, one grandchild, and two great grandchildren.

If you want to contact Frank, his email is frecken@mac.com HIs cell phone is (503) 551-2130, and his address is 950 Market St. NE, Salem, Oregon 9730.