Mountain State And Water Field Day

In a press release dated August 4th, The Mountain Soil and Water Conservation District announced it will host a field day on Wednesday, August 17th that showcases Forest Management and Wildlife Habitat Enhancement efforts in the community.  Registration will begin at 9:45 a.m. at Merry Go Round Farm, located at 3730 Llama Drive in Covington.  The field day will begin at 10:15 a.m. at Merry Go Round Farm where participants will hear about the History of the property and how it is currently being used by owner, Jacob Wright.  They will also hear from Mr. Sammy Vest with Trout Unlimited, Mr. John Wright with Virginia Department of Forestry, and Ms. Melissa Kelley with Farm Service Agency.  At 11:15 am, attendees will travel to and tour The Children’s Forest, then return to Merry Go Round Farm by 12:00 Noon for a complimentary lunch. The district’s regular August meeting will be held at 1:15 p.m. at Merry Go Round Farm.  The meeting is open to the public.  Participants should RSVP for the field day and lunch by Monday, August 15th by contacting the Mountain Soil and Water Conservation District Office at (540) 839-4616 or 1-800-254-3854 or email

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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