Donald Wells of Virginia

Donald L. Wells has made his career in the field of conservation, serving various federal and state agencies with distinction. Throughout his career he has developed individual, agency, and corporate relationships across the Commonwealth of Virginia and the country.

Don devotes much time and energy to the cause of conservation through his service as an elected official of the Hanover-Caroline Soil and Water Conservation District in Virginia. That service has expanded into a deep commitment to the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD) where he currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer.

Earlier in his career, Don worked with NACD as a water quality specialist, assisting state associations with water quality issues and representing NACD with other organizations on water issues. For three decades Don served as a Certified Professional Engineer in various positions with the State of Virginia. He is active in many professional organizations such as the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS), American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE), and The Nature Conservancy. He has been awarded for his leadership and accomplishments by both SWCS and ASAE.

Don’s varied and extensive background have been a tremendous source of introduction, interest, and acceptance of Virginia’s soil and water work in the legislative community, as well as with the public.

Don is known for investigating, and thoughtfully considering, aspects of the role that conservations districts play, and follows up with correspondence and mentoring among his peers and other associates. This is always done in the manner of a great leader, through the actions of a gentleman and statesman. He has been recognized with the Bobby Wilkinson award in Virginia, the highest recognition a district official can receive. Don’s work extends beyond this level, and recognition in NACD’s Hall of Distinction is most deserved.

The VASWCD officers, district officials across the Commonwealth of Virginia, conservation district employees, and partners take this occasion to express our deep gratitude for the accomplishments of Donald L. Wells, but more importantly for the example that he has provided to those of us who have had the privilege to serve with him. He is more than a public servant, friend, and fellow district official and truly captures what makes conservation districts a family.

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