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About Us

Five years of drought during the 1930s, combined with poor farming practices, caused most of the top soil in the Nation's midsection to be lost through wind erosion and resulted in the national disaster known as the “Dust Bowl”.  A huge cloud of dust blackened Washington, D. C., prompting government officials to create the Soil Conservation Service, eventually assisting states and local governments to create local Soil and Water Conservation Districts. 

Montgomery Soil Conservation District (MSCD)’s major function is to analyze natural resource needs and provide technical services to design and implement programs to solve soil and water conservation problems. District staff work closely with state extension and federal Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff to provide a science-based approach to these areas of agricultural production. Although landowners pay for implementation of Best Management Practices, the technical services provided by the District are without cost.

The District is administered by a Board of Supervisors, who serve three-year terms, donating their time to set policy and conduct MSCD business.  Board meetings are held the second Friday of each month.  The MSCD office is home to nine staff members, both from the county and MDA. The district also includes two staff members from NRCS. The district staff includes: 

  • District Manager: Provides administrative and managerial oversight for District operations, personnel and initiatives. Acts as a liaison between the Board of Supervisors and the District and implements programs and projects as directed by the Board.

  • Office Service Coordinator: Provides administrative support for federal and state agricultural programs.

  • Resource Conservationist: Provides assistance in developing conservation plans on agricultural property and administers the Cover Crop Program in Montgomery County.

  • Equine Resource Conservationist: Provides assistance in developing conservation plans and educational outreach to the Equine Community.

  • Soil Conservation Engineering Technician: Provides technical and engineering assistance to landowners and cooperators in Montgomery County.

  • District Engineer: Provides technical and engineering assistance to landowners and cooperators in Montgomery County.

  • NRCS District Conservationist: Provides technical assistance and oversight for SCD conservation planning and conservation practice installation. Coordinates NRCS program management.

  • NRCS Soil Conservationist: Assists in the delivery of USDA conservation programs to help land managers with planning and application of conservation practices on their land.

There are more than 3,000 Soil and Water Conservation Districts across the United States. For more information on SWCDs, visit the National Association of Conservation Districts.

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