PARKERSBURG — The chairman of the Little Kanawha Conservation District has received the Carroll Greene Award from the West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts.
Bob Buchanan in 2004 was elected to the Little Kanawha Conservation District Board and served many years as treasurer. After a four-year hiatus, he was elected chairman of the board and continues to serve today.
According to the nomination from Jeff McElfresh, a supervisor in the district, Buchanan as the chairman was instrumental in implementing the work crew in the district in 2022.
During natural disasters in Wood County and surrounding district areas, he helped secure funding multiple times from the Legislature to respond to conservation disasters.
As vice chairman of the West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts legislative committee, “Bob’s tireless efforts assisted in getting the West Virginia Senate Bill 264 passed, and as chairman of the WVACD Supervisor Training Committee, Bob recorded five training videos for new supervisor training packets throughout West Virginia,” McElfresh wrote.
Buchanan’s family came to the area in 1956. He graduated from Marietta High School in 1970 and briefly attended Bob Jones University at Greenville, S.C., where he studied to become a Baptist preacher.
Buchanan then attended Marietta College and the University of Florida, studying accounting and economics. After college, he started accounting/financial planning firms serving clients in Florida, Ohio and West Virginia, eventually selling the practices, and retiring.
He and his wife, Crystle, of 38 years own a ranch outside of Parkersburg where they raised their three sons, Curtis, Brandon, and Austin.
The Buchanans spent several years as Wood County 4H leaders, helping their boys and other children with projects.
Buchanan also has served on many boards and organizations including the local hospital board, the Wood County Park and Recreation Board, the Wood County Solid Waste Authority, the Wood County Juvenile Drug Court Team, the National Rifle Association, the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Fort Boreman Rifle Club.
As chairman of the district, he was a parliamentarian for Conservation District Association, chaired the West Virginia Envirothon, was Western Area District chairman, served on the Conservation District Association Operations Committee and served on the committee revising the conservation code for all West Virginia Conservation Districts.
The Carroll Greene Award is named after Carroll Greene, whose family was in cattle farming in Kenna, W.Va. Greene also served in the state Senate, helped establish Jackson General Hospital and helped create the public water system in Jackson County.