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Local rancher Art Mudge was honored for 40 years of service as a Director of Upper Llanos Soil and Water Conservation District.   

Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board member Marty Graham of Rocksprings attended the ULSWCD Directors’ January meeting to present Mudge with a commemorative award on behalf of TSSWCB.  “The dedication shown by Art through serving 40 years on the Upper Llanos SWCD is greatly appreciated.  His knowledge of land stewardship and expertise in the ranching and conservation arenas are extremely valuable and assist in guiding our natural resource conservation programs, not only in Kimble County, but statewide,” Graham said in applauding Mudge’s achievements. 

Through the years, Mudge has represented local agricultural producers at regional, state and national meetings.  He is well-known by other conservation organizations, federal Natural Resources Conservation Service personnel and legislators across the state and is held in high regard by his peers in the TSSWCB network.    

For years, Mudge has worked tirelessly to uphold the agricultural principles which underlie our county, state and national economies.  He has served as a liaison between the local District and other conservation and agriculture-related agencies, working to meet goals, bring about needed changes and implement ideas, while always embracing the core values and principles on which soil and water conservation districts were founded. 

All SWCD Directors are elected and serve on a volunteer basis.  Upper Llanos SWCD #225 encompasses Kimble county and Mudge, who represents Zone 2, is one of five local Directors. 

In addition to specific conservation issues, Mudge is also committed to local youth and teacher education.  He has continually stressed the importance of ULSWCD’s leadership role in ensuring that students are given the opportunity to learn all aspects of agriculture and its integral part in our local and national future. 

Next Board meeting:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

522 Main St., Junction, TX

Dr. J. F. Hubbs, Jr. was honored for 20 years of service as a Director of Upper Llanos Soil and Water Conservation District.  Kendria Ray, Area II Field Representative for the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board presented Hubbs with a commemorative plaque on behalf of TSSWCB.    
Hubbs is one of five elected local SWCD Directors, all of whom serve on a volunteer basis, and he represents Zone 5, in the southeastern area of Kimble county.  Hubbs is a Navy veteran, serving six years in the Reserves and two additional years on active duty in 1953-55.  He graduated from Midwestern University with a degree in animal husbandry and earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine and animal science from Texas A&M in 1960.  Hubbs owned a veterinary clinic in Wichita Falls, where he was in practice for 33 years.

In 1991, he and his wife Rita purchased their Sycamore Springs Ranch near Segovia in Kimble county and moved there in April, 1994, where he established a cattle-raising operation.  He used the services of the Natural Resources Conservation Service and was encouraged by his realtor to run for the local SWCD Board of Directors.  

“I’ve learned a lot being on the Board and from all the people there,” Hubbs said.  “It has helped me to improve my place and stay current on new ways to continue and carry out land management goals.”  

Although he currently does not manage livestock on his ranch, Hubbs remains actively involved in meeting his conservation plan, as well as helping seek ways to improve Kimble county agriculture, land usage and an increase in water quantity as well as retaining the pure water quality of Kimble county rivers and creeks.  

Through his years of service, Hubbs has helped ensure that ULSWCD plays an important leadership role in Kimble county conservation and agricultural issues.  And his participation in numerous fundraising events through the years has contributed to the education of local youth and teachers, training them in good land management practices and conservation and restoration of our natural resources, helping ensure the future of Kimble county’s agricultural economy.

ULSWCD meets regularly the second Wednesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. in their office at 522 Main St., Junction, TX.

Texas State Soil & Water Conservation Board member Marty Graham of Rocksprings, left, presents Art Mudge a TSSWCB award commemorating Mudge’s 40 years of service as a Director of the local District.

ULSWCD Directors are advocates for Kimble County conservation and agriculture.  Their service is appreciated and the District looks forward to many more years of their leadership.

Texas State Soil & Water Conservation Board Area II Representative Kendria Ray, left, presents Dr. J. F. Hubbs, Jr. a TSSWCB award plaque commemorating Hubbs’ 20 years of service as a Director of the local Upper Llanos SWCD.

​​Wanda Blackburn, District Bookkeeper     July 31, 2001

Katy Meador, District Office Clerk            May 23, 2017 

The Texas State Soil & Water Conservation Board administers Texas' soil and water conservation law and delivers coordinated natural resource conservation programs to agricultural producers and others through the State's 216 SWCDs.



Ward Whitworth              Chairman             Zone  1        August 3, 2005                 

Art Mudge                       V Chairman         Zone   2        October 14, 1975

Dr. J. F. Hubbs, Jr.           Secretary             Zone  5         December 17, 1996

Jerry Kirby                       Director               Zone  4         June 19, 2001

Fred W. (Tony) Hall, Jr.   Director              Zone  3         November 22, 2011