All of the current employees of the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Natural Resource Conservation Center outside Watkinsville received their reassignment letters last week and will be at their new jobs by June 18, a spokesperson for the Agricultural Research Service confirmed.
ARS, a unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has not yet set the final closing date for the 1,107-acre facility, Sandy Miller Hays, director of ARS Information, said.
The University of Georgia has asked for the property for its College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, but Dean J. Scott Angle said Monday that he has been told by the Department of Agriculture that it is still “in the process of investigating” what to do with the property.
Angle said he expects the property to be transferred to the University, but he doesn’t think he will get final word until at least March.
The ARS will retain 90 acres from the Campell Center land for the Richard Russell Research Center at Athens.
For details, go to Oconee County Observatons.