Soil & Water Conservation District
To provide and promote leadership in the conservation of natural resources through proper stewardship and educational programs.
About the District
Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCD's) were established in the 1930's to develop conservation programs that conserve soil and water resources and promote proper stewardship. Today there are 47 Districts in Virginia, which cover 99% of the state. They are funded primarily by the Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR), with additional support from the counties they represent. Districts partner with federal, state & local entities to provide technical assistance to land owners.
Originally a part of the Tidewater SWCD, Virginia's first District, Hanover-Caroline SWCD separated to form its own District in 1960. Since then, H-C SWCD has vastly expanded its programming to reach agricultural producers, suburban home owners and school children to education them on the importance of conservation of natural resources.
One of the major goals of the District is to administer the state Best Management Practice (BMP) Cost-Share Program. This program gives agricultural producers incentives to install conservation practices that will help protect soil & water quality. Additionally, H-C SWCD is a leader in the state in natural resource education, providing critical outreach to the public.
News, Events, & Information
Visit the Education Page for information on 2013 Scholarships and Youth Conservation Camp.
The District, in partnership with four other Districts, is initiating a "Virginia Conservation Assistance Program" to assist non-agricultural landowners to reduce their stormwater footprint and improve water quality. Currently four practices have funding available to landowners - conversion of turf grass to native plants, installation of community pet waste stations, installing rain gardens, and rain water harvesting using cisterns 250 gallons and greater. Applications are currently being accepted. Please contact the District for more information.
Fire Ant Quarantine:
Important Information on importing hay and the Fire Ant Quarantine.
Link to Fire Ant Map.
2012 Conservation Awardees in Hanover County:
Earl Beazley - Clean Water Farm Award
Millard A. Smith, Jr. - BMP Forestry Award
The Christopher Companies/Project Manager Rob Neal - Urban Conservation Award
John F. Davis - Agricultural Conservation & Leadership Award
For Sale: Wildlife Boxes Locally made! Proceeds benefit our education fund. Visit our office to purchase.
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