Conservation district

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Conservation districts are local units of government established under state law to carry out natural resource management programs at a local level by providing technical assistance and tools to manage and protect land and water resources in U.S. states and insular areas. There are more than 3,000 in the United States. Depending on the state, they may also be known as soil and water conservation districts, soil conservation districts, resource conservation districts, or other similar names. Nationally and within each state, the districts are generally coordinated by non-governmental associations. District borders often coincide with county borders.

View: Conservation District Directory for list of conservation districts in the United States and insular areas.

The National Association of Conservation Districts[edit]

The National Association of Conservation Districts is a non-profit organization that represents America’s 3,000 conservation districts, their state and territory associations and the 17,000 men and women who serve. As the national voice for all conservation districts, NACD supports voluntary, incentive-driven natural resources conservation programs that benefit all citizens. NACD’s member-driven board of directors selects conservation policy priorities, which are used to develop and review environmental and natural resources legislation and to secure adequate federal funding for natural resources conservation programs.

NACD’s mission is to promote the wise and responsible use of natural resources for all lands by providing a unified, national voice for locally-led conservation districts and their associations through grassroots advocacy, education and partnerships.

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