Currituck's West elected head of state association
The N.C. Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts unanimously elected Manly M. West as its President during the association's 71st annual meeting, held in Greensboro on January 4 - 6, 2015. West was chosen by 176 officials in attendance from local Soil & Water Conservation Districts across the state.
Upon being sworn in as President by the Honorable Sam Irvin, IV, West commented, "Being elected to such a position is a tremendous responsibility and I look forward to serving with great enthusiasm." West has adopted Conservation, Contagious Enthusiasm as his theme for 2015.
Locally, West was first elected as a Soil & Water District Supervisor in Currituck County in 1987 and has continuously served since that time. Currently, he chairs the Albemarle Soil and Water Conservation District for Currituck County.
Being elected President of the state association also places West on the North Carolina Soil and Water Conservation Commission. West previously served on the Commission for six years, from January 2006 to January 2012, and served as chair for two years upon appointment by then-Governor Bev Perdue.
West is passionate about agriculture and soil and water conservation. He ascribes to the belief that "agriculture is not important, it is essential" and is quick to describe soil and water conservation in the same way. He operates a farm near Moyock, North Carolina, which has been owned and operated by the West family since 1791.
"North Carolina has a rich heritage in soil and water conservation, as the first conservation district in the nation was established in North Carolina in 1937. North Carolina also has a rich heritage in agriculture and is very diverse in this regard. But, North Carolina is also a rapidly urbanizing state. All of this amplifies the importance of soil and water conservation and the role that local soil and water conservation districts, the Association and the Commission play in protecting the state's natural resources," said West.