Soil & Water Conservation Committee

For nearly 80 years, the Soil and Water Conservation Committee has committed to conserving Alabama’s natural resources by connecting those who use and work the land to the education, technical know‐how, and resources they need.

We work to promote healthy soil, fishable and drinkable water, sustainable forests, and clean air to cultivate a prosperous farming industry and improve quality of life for all Alabama citizens.

To help continue our mission, SWCC launched Conserve Alabama in March 2016 to increase awareness and engage those who believe in the noble endeavor of conserving our natural resources so future generations can enjoy the same Alabama the Beautiful we know and love. Whether you live in rural or urban Alabama, you play an important role in the future of our state’s natural resources. Join us and Commit to Conserve Alabama!

From the Ground Up

We have a presence in all 67 counties. Locally led, nonregulatory entities authorized under state law known as soil and water conservation districts are managed by district administrative coordinators and a voluntary Board of Supervisors. We believe in conservation from the ground up. Districts assess conservation problems on the local level, set priorities, then coordinate and carry out appropriate programs, working hand in hand with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Additionally, our district administrative coordinators carry out many educational programs to help students learn about good stewardship of our natural resources.

Private‐Public Partnership

You might be surprised to learn that 93 percent of the land in our natural-resource‐rich state is privately owned, not held by the government (1). Much of that land goes back generations. We work, on a voluntary basis, with private landowners to implement conservation practices on their land, creating a unique private‐public partnership. The guiding philosophy of conservation districts is that decisions about conservation issues should be made on the local level, by local people, with technical assistance and funding provided by government. If you are a land user, contact your local conservation district and learn about resources available to you.