Awards Presented at LACD Meeting


Tanner Colbert was presented an award at the Annual Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts (LACD) meeting in Baton Rouge Jan. 9-10. Colbert is an Earth Team Volunteer for the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). He was awarded Earth Team Individual Award for Louisiana for volunteering more than 500 hours. He is a sophomore at Natchitoches Central High School and a member of the NCHS FFA Agronomy and Meat Evaluation Team.

During the 2017-18 school year, he placed second in both Agronomy CDE and Meat Evaluation CDE in the state competition. During his down time, Colbert enjoys fishing and hunting when he is not participating in school related events or volunteering for NRCS Earth Team. He is also a volunteer and member of the United Sportsman Youth Foundation where he participates in fund raising events and outreach.


From left are John Alan Williams, JD Cox and Amanda Mathis.

James “JD” Cox was presented two awards at the Annual Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts (LACD) meeting in Baton Rouge Jan. 10. Cox is a Wetland Reserve Easement Technician at the Natchitoches Soil & Water Conservation District. He was awarded Outstanding District Technician for Louisiana and the LACD/NRCS Employee Earth Team Award for Louisiana for his involvement with the Earth Team Volunteer program.

A graduate of Northwestern State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, Cox has used his knowledge in biological science to conduct and present at numerous events throughout the span of his tenure at the Natchitoches SWCD. Cox has spoken at various civic organizations including the Lions Club, Kiwanis Club and Rotary Club. In each, he has presented material on soil erosion, wildlife habitat, plant identification, feral hog control and water quality issues.

Cox implements various techniques to connect with the people of the parish to identify resource concerns of the landowner.