Known in various parts of the country as “soil and water conservation districts,” “resource conservation districts,” “natural resource districts,” “land conservation committees” and similar names, they share a single mission: to coordinate assistance from all available sources -- public and private, local, state and federal -- in an effort to develop locally driven solutions to natural resource concerns.
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Conservation Districts Help:
- Implement farm conservation practices to keep soil in the fields and out of waterways;
- Conserve and restore wetlands, which purify water and provide habitat for birds, fish and numerous other animals.
- Protect groundwater resources;
- Plant trees and other land cover to hold soil in place, clean the air, provide cover for wildlife and beautify neighborhoods;
- Help developers and homeowners manage the land in an environmentally sensitive manner; and reach out to communities and schools to teach the value of natural resources and encourage conservation efforts.
Natural Resource Conservation District FAQs:
- Natural Resource Conservation Districts (NRCDs) are organized under State and Tribal law. Governed by locally elected and appointed officials, Districts evaluate the conservation needs of their respective areas.
- Conservation Districts create unique partnerships between federal, state and local agencies to address natural resource concerns.
- District activities include watershed management, enhancement and restoration of riparian areas and integrated land use planning to improve water and air quality. Districts promote and provide for voluntary compliance of environmental laws by encouraging “best management practices".
- Arizona NRCD Directory of Supervisors. Revised 8/20/09.
- Operations Manual - Arizona Natural Resource Conservation Districts.