The Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors typically meet the second Wednesday of every month at 5:00 pm to conduct District business unless otherwise advertised.

All meetings are open to the public. Meeting date/ time changes will be posted.

Current Eastern Shore SWCD Board of Directors:

5:00 pm

Next Board of Directors Meeting:

     Wednesday,             September 15, 2021

USDA Service Center

22545 Center Parkway,

Accomac, VA  23301

A District Director is a non-partisan local citizen elected or appointed to a four year term of office.  Four Eastern Shore Soil & Water Conservation District (Eastern Shore SWCD) Directors are elected in the general election process and two are appointed by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board.  The Directors assess local conservation needs and provide leadership for the Eastern Shore SWCD and set the tone for how the Eastern Shore SWCD will operate, both internally and with the community. 
Robin Rich-Coates, Chair
  • Elected Director- Northampton County​​
  • January 1, 1993 to Current
Nicholas Thomas, Vice-Chair
  • At-Large Appointed Director
  • April 8, 2019 to Current
James Evans
  • Elected Director- Accomack County
  • January 1, 2008 to Current
Kyle Sturgis
  • Elected Director- Northampton County
  • January 1, 2020 to Current
Ursula Deitch
  • VCE Appointed Director
  • April 8, 2019 to Current
Sands Gayle
  • Appointed Director to fill unexpired elected term of Fred Holland
  • March 23, 2021 to Current

Current Eastern Shore SWCD Associate Directors:

Appointed by the District Board, Associate Directors are advisors and representatives of particular interests that are critical to the District. Associate Directors do not vote on Board decisions, but augment District Director’s knowledge and experience by providing support and advice. The Associate Directors also may serve on District Committees.  
Richard F. Hall, III
  • Associate Director
Robbie Lewis
  • Associate Director
Edwin Long
  • Associate Director
Bill Shockley
  • Associate Director
Chip Turlington
  • Associate Director
Click on the VIDEO BELOW published by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) to watch a mini-documentary which details the inception of America's conservation districts following the Dust Bowl of the 1930s and follows them throughout the ages as they've grown and strengthened from coast to coast.
Click Here to see the Code of Virginia regarding the duties, structure, guidelines and other legal directives of SWCDs in Virginia.