State Rep. Steve Smyk was among the dozens of citizens and elected officials that gathered southwest of Georgetown last Thursday (7/15) to dedicate the renovated and expanded headquarters of the Sussex Conservation District (SCD).
According to SCD District Coordinator David Baird, his agency was badly in need of an update. The original administration building was more than three decades old and some of the support buildings and workshops dated back to the 1940s.
The work was completed about a year ago, but the dedication was delayed due to the state’s COVID-19 restrictions on group gatherings.
The new administration complex is known as the Vanderwende-Evans Conservation Center. The previous building had borne the name of the late Cashar W. Evans — a farmer, entrepreneur, and conservationist who was a long-time chairman of the SCD Board of Supervisors. The new facility’s moniker also incorporates the name of William “Bill” Vanderwende, who led the board for 21 years and was an outspoken advocate of the conservation district’s work to prudently manage the land, curtail non-point source pollution, and protect the environment. Mr. Vanderwende passed away last September.
“The Conservation District has a facility that meets their needs and two men who provided long and dedicated service to the citizens of this county have been honored,” Rep. Smyk said.