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Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

New soil and water expert named

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out ottingerWaynesville native John Ottinger has been named District Conservationist for the Haywood and Madison counties Soil and Water Conservation District.

Soil and water conservation districts provide financial and technical assistance for landowners to conserve soil and avoid water pollution.

Ottinger grew up on a small farm, graduated from Tuscola High School in 1989 and later earned a degree from Western Carolina University. He has since worked in the region in Jackson and Swain counties as well as Cherokee.

One of his favorite quotes by Franklin D. Roosevelt is “Men and nature must work hand in hand; the throwing out of balance of the resources of nature throws out of balance also the lives of men.”

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