WHAT IS A CONSERVATION DISTRICT?
Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) were created in 1937 by the Georgia General Assembly to protect the state's soil and water resources following the Dust Bowl of the 1930's. Districts provide a way for citizens to set local resource priorities for state and federal assistance programs.
Today, there are over 3,000 SWCDs in the United States, and Georgia has 40 SWCDs encompassing all 159 counties. Throughout the state, 370 volunteer district supervisors meet and work to conserve, improve and protect Georgia's natural resources. Each county is represented by district supervisors who are unpaid state officials who work hand-in-hand with the Georgia Soil & Water Conservation Commission and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, as well as many other local, state, federal agencies and private companies to serve the resource conservation needs of our state. Conservation Districts in Georgia are a unit of state government.
Your Conservation District is the medium by which cooperation can take place through landowners, state agencies, Federal agencies, programs, grants, and a variety of other partners. Your District provides help to landowners and others on resource management and resource use planning. Your District sets the local priorities, administers grants, facilitates fund leveraging, and provides a variety of outreach services.
Through the legal powers given to your District, they are in a position to seek funding from public and private sources. Your District is an independent, non-profit, semi-governmental entity.
Your Conservation Districts also strives to make all citizens aware of the interrelationship between human activities and the natural environment.