Board of Supervisors

A five-member Board of Supervisors governs Haywood Soil and Water Conservation District. Two supervisors are appointed and three are elected. With most of its Board of Supervisors and staff members having lived here all their lives, caring about our soil and water runs deep! We’re part of the community, and it comes naturally to help our neighbors when it comes to conserving those vital resources that we all need. Our Board of Supervisors represents a broad range of backgrounds and experience, knowledgeable in areas like agriculture, forestry, business, agronomy, education and government, to name a few. Each supervisor has served on a variety of boards and understands the commitment needed to administer effective programs

Members of the Board


Please excuse us if we brag, but with 96 soil and water conservation districts in North Carolina and hundreds of supervisors and district employees that stay busy at the business of soil and water conservation, we feel it says a lot about the Haywood district that the board members or staff are sometimes recognized on both the Area and the State level for their hard work! Our most recent awards are listed below:

Haywood SWCD was named Outstanding District of the Year by the Area 1 Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. (October 2018)

Bill Yarborough was awarded the Order of the Longleaf Pine award, the highest honor bestowed by North Carolina’s Governor Roy Cooper. This prestigious award is given to persons who have made significant contributions to the state and their communities through their exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments. (October 2018)

James Ferguson was recognized during the 2019 Annual Meeting of the NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts for service of 50 years as a Supervisor for our District!

James, an enthusiastic supporter of the Envirothon program on both the Area and State levels, was inducted into the Envirothon Hall of Fame during the annual meeting of the NCASWCD (January 2019).

Carlyle Ferguson, who gave 45 years of service as a Supervisor to the District, was posthumously inducted into the NCASWCD Hall of Fame during the 2019 Annual Meeting. Carlyle was dedicated to the District and left a lasting and positive impact by the life he lived, not only in soil and water conservation but upon his family, friends, church and community. His beloved family was there in Durham to accept the award he so well deserved, accompanied by a standing ovation. (January 2019)