Across the United States, nearly 3,000 conservation districts - almost one in every country - work directly with landowners to conserve and promote healthy soils, water, forest, and wildlife.
Conservation districts may go by different names - "soil and water conservation districts," "resource conservation districts," "natural resource districts," and "land conservation committees" - but they all share a single mission: to coordinate assistance from all available sources - public and private, local, state, and federal - to develop locally-driven solutions to natural resources concerns.
What Districts Do:
About Conservation Districts
Donald Schexnayder, Darren Boudreaux, Chip Vosburg, Candis Voorhies, Price Gay, Lindsey Gaspard, Robert Morris, Terry Kelly, Carlyn Morales
Upper Delta SWCD Mission
Mission: To help maintain a better environment for future generations, to encourage the wise use of our top soil and water through programs and education.
In addition to serving as coordinators for conservation in the field, districts:
Implement farm, ranch, and forestland conservation practices to protect soil productivity, water quality and quantity, air quality, and wildlife habitat;
Conserve and restore wetlands, which purify water and provide habitat for birds, fish, and other animals;
Protect groundwater resources;
Assist communities and homeowners in planting trees and other land cover to hold soil in place, clean the air, provide cover for wildlife, and beautify neighborhoods;
Help developers control soil erosion and protect water and air quality during construction; and
Reach out to communities and schools to teach the value of natural resources and encourage conservation efforts.