david photo bwDavid McCauley is declaring his candidacy for Supervisor Position 3 on the Grant Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors.

David represents the 4th generation of a family which settled in Grant County in 1904. His family has earned its living from the land of Grant County ever since. The family has seen the changes that have occurred in our area over the past 100 years, such as the forming of the Big Ditch and the encroachment of forest into the grasslands of southern New Mexico. The family has learned from land management mistakes of the past. They understand the flood control, erosion and other natural resource issues of Grant County.

Soil and Water Conservation Districts were formed during the Dust Bowl years to support the Soil Conservation Service to implement conservation practices. David has supported this mission in Grant County for the past 44 years. The success of the Soil and Water District can be seen by the fact that less rain has fallen in Grant County in the past 5 years than fell during the Dust Bowl, but Grant County did not have a Dust Bowl. McCauley and the Grant District partner with the Forest Service, the BLM, NM State Forestry, the Nature Conservancy and anyone else interested in conversation. These partnerships implement projects like the Mangas Water Quality Project, which involved 55,000 acres of prescribed fire and built 250 gully plugs. A BLM partnership oversaw a tree thinning project which was done in the Pinos Altos area this past summer. McCauley and the Grant District are the fiscal agent for the Wildland Urban Interface Program, which pays up to 70 percent of the cost of creating defensible space around the houses of Grant County residences.

McCauley and the Grant District secured capital outlay money from former Rep. Diane Hamilton and former Senator Howie Morales to rehabilitate 2 of 12 flood control structures in the Upper Gila Valley Arroyos Watershed District. David served as a Director on the New Mexico Assoc. of Conservation Districts. While a director on the NMACD Board, the Restore New Mexico Project was beginning. This was a partnership involving NRCS, BLM and NMACD. This project has treated over 3 million acres of New Mexico watersheds and reclaimed hundreds of oil-well sites.

David is a graduate of Cobre High School. While in high school, he was an active member in 4H and Future Farmers of America. He studied and competed in contests such as Land Judging, Pasture and Range Management and Livestock and Crop Evaluation.

McCauley and his wife, Penny, have 3 sons. John, who served 6 years in the U.S. Air Force and is now back in Grant County working on the family ranch. Son Daniel is employed by Edward Jones as a financial advisor. And their youngest son, Zachery, is currently serving a 6-year enlistment in the U.S. Navy.

Conservation has always been a part of David's life on the family ranch and on the Board of Supervisors of Grant Soil and Water Conservation District. The family ranch has treated over 6 thousand acres of mesquite, installed wildlife escape ramps and established range monitor sites all to conserve our grassland and habitat for livestock and wildlife.

David represents experience and institutional memory on the Grant Soil and Water Conservation District. Your vote would be appreciated.