Evergreen’s purpose is to give Smyth County citizens the ability to work on conservation issues at a local level. We want to help provide the necessary assistance to our community in identifying and solving local conservation issues. We offer financial assistance via state funds through the Virginia Agriculture Cost-Share Program, state tax credits, local district projects, and education programs.

Our district was founded in 1954 as political subdivision of the Virginia Commonwealth to serve the residents of Smyth County. We work to protect and enhance our local natural resources of soil, water, air, plants, and animals. We also strive to help our farmers economically by helping them produce higher quality products through better farm management techniques.

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About Evergreen

Evergreen’s Board of Directors

The Board of Directors are elected officials of Smyth County. They serve voluntarily and are not paid for their time or work. They are Seth Umbarger (Chairman), Billy Bear (Vice Chairman), Justin McClellan, Kristy Waller, and Andy Overbay also serves as the Smyth County Extension Agent.



Sarah Gardner

Sarah was hired on as Conservation Specialist in 2015. She was voted as Area IV representative in 2016 for Virginia Association of Conservation District Employees. To talk to her by phone call 276-706-3068 or email

Jeana Waddle

Jeana has served as the Administrative Secretary for Evergreen SWCD for over twenty years. To talk to her by phone call 276-706-3064 or email


FOIA Information

Evergreen’s Freedom of Information Officer is Jeana Waddle. If you have any questions pertaining to a FOIA request or information, please contact her. Click here for more information related to FOIA.