The Barton County Conservation District recently announced and welcomed Veronica Coons as district manager. Following a successful career in local media, and her personal experience with area conservation programs, the board appreciates her attitude for advocacy for agriculture and conservation, said Tom Burns, chairman of the BCCD Board of Supervisors.
She is charged with assisting the supervisors, landowners, operators and the general public with information, project assistance and access to resources pertaining to conservation programs.
Coons comes to the BCCD from a 12-year career in media, most recently as a reporter for the Great Bend Tribune. Coons has advocated for the EQIP high tunnel program and other county conservation programs since moving to the area in 2012.
“We look forward to Veronica Coons raising awareness of conservation within the county and helping the district to grow key conservation practices and programs, as well as the district’s service providing drip irrigation and conservation seed mixes for purchase,” Burns said.
The BCCD represents the interests of the county in natural resources conservation. Working closely with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency, the district provides administrative, technical assistance, and design work on conservation practices approved for cost share in the county. In addition, the BCCD educates residents on good conservation practices and encourages stewardship of natural resources.
The Barton County Conservation District office is located at 926 Patton Road, Great Bend, within the office of the Natural Resource Conservation Service. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Located inside a facility operated by the federal government, access is limited due to pandemic concerns at this time. Coons can be reached by telephone at 620-792-3346, Ext. 303, or by email at Veronica.Coons@ks.nacdnet.net. Like and follow BartonCoConservaton@facebook.com.