What is a Resource Conservation District?
Resource Conservation Districts are local government bodies, chartered by the state and organized and operated by local farmers, ranchers and interested citizens. The district is managed by 5 non-salaried directors who are land users in their districts and who are familiar with local resource problems. Resource Conservation Districts are a legal subdivision of state government.
Why were Resource Conservation Districts formed?
During the 1930’s the problem of soil erosion had become severe throughout the United States. The Federal Government recognized that the existing conservation programs were inadequate to combat the worsening situation. In 1937, in order to generate local participation and leadership to effectively combat the degradation of the country’s land resources, President Roosevelt introduced the Standard State Conservation District Law.