TEMPLE – Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Carl Ray Polk, Jr. to the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021. Polk joined the TSSWCB in May of 2017.
Polk is a resident of Lufkin and a partner at Corner Capitol Advisors, LLC. He is also an owner and operator of Polk Land & Cattle Co. in Angelina and Houston Counties. He is a board member of Texas Food and Fuel Association and chairman of the board of CHI St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital Lufkin.
He is a board member and serves on the executive committee of Texas Southwest Cattle Raisers Association and Texas Wildlife Association. He is the Chairman of Angelina County Expo Center, board member of Angelina County Fair and a committee member of the Private Landowners Advisory Committee at Texas Parks and Wildlife. Polk attended Kilgore College and The University of Texas at Austin and completed the Mergers and Acquisition Program from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA.
Polk’s appointment by Governor Abbott is subject to confirmation by the Senate.
TSSWCB works in conjunction with local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) across Texas to encourage the wise and productive use of natural resources.
Established by the Texas Legislature in 1939, the TSSWCB is governed by seven board members, all of which are actively involved in agriculture or silviculture. Five of the board members are voted in by a delegation of their local peers, and two board members are appointed by the Governor of Texas.
TSSWCB is the lead agency for planning, implementing, and managing coordinated natural resource conservation programs for preventing and abating agricultural and silvicultural nonpoint sources of water pollution. TSSWCB also works to ensure that the State’s network of over 2,000 flood control dams are protecting lives and property by providing operation, maintenance, and structural repair grants to local government sponsors.