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Barry Mahler Re-Elected to Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board

TEMPLE — Barry Mahler of Iowa Park was re-elected on May 2nd to serve a successive two-year term on the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB). 

Mahler represents TSSWCB Area 5, which consists of 51 counties in the North and Central Texas regions. Area 5 encompasses 41 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs). 

Established in 1939, TSSWCB administers Texas’ soil and water conservation law and delivers coordinated natural resource conservation programs through the State’s 216 SWCDs. Additionally,
TSSWCB is the lead agency for planning, implementing, and managing programs for preventing and abating agricultural and silvicultural nonpoint sources of water pollution. TSSWCB also works to ensure that the State’s network of 2,000 flood control dams are protecting lives and property by providing operation, maintenance, and structural repair grants to local government sponsors.

The TSSWCB board of directors consists of five elected members and two gubernatorial appointees who must be actively engaged in farming or ranching. The five TSSWCB elected members are chosen in a convention type election by SWCD directors in the State District in which the TSSWCB member represents. 

Mahler, who has been a member of the TSSWCB since May of 2007, is an Iowa Park businessman, cotton, and wheat farmer. Mahler also serves Precinct 3 on the Wichita County Commissioner’s Court and is a reporter for Farm Bureau Roundup, a weekly farm radio program.  

Mahler currently serves as Secretary for the Wichita SWCD, which he has been a member of since 1980. He has previously served as President of the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts and a former Alternate Director of the National Association of Conservation Districts Board of Directors. Barry and his wife Sheri have two sons, Braden and Matthew.

"Protecting and Enhancing Natural Resources since 1939."

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