Soil & Water Conservation District

Our Mission

Protect the natural resources of Haywood County through education, conservation and preservation.

Soil and water conservation districts were established so that citizens could get assistance on the local level with conserving and managing important natural resources. The District is a non-regulatory agency that offers help on a voluntary basis. We have technicians who can advise you about erosion problems or tell you about the North Carolina Agriculture Cost Share Program. A United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) employee also works out of our office, offering several federal programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP). The District also has a year-round education program that includes field days, contests, teacher workshops and many other activities designed to complement and enrich student understanding about the environment.

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Board Meetings

  • 9 a.m.
  • 2nd Tuesday of every month
  • Agriculture Center

Annual Reports

Board of Directors Meeting- Public Welcome

February 9, 2021 at 9 a.m.

Held via Zoom

Call 828-452-2741 ext. 3 for more information

Interested in pursuing a degree in agricultural science or natural resource management? If so, check out the Careers in Conservation scholarship from the NC Foundation of Soil and Water Conservation. The scholarship is available to students in NC who have plans to attend a college in NC and have demonstrated academic excellence. Scholarship awards are typically $1,000 per each year of college. For more information, head over to the Foundation's website.


Area 1 Scholarship

The Area 1 Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts offer a $500 scholarship for high school students interested in pursuing a college major in the studies of agriculture, field science, conservation, energy, natural resources, environmental science or a related field.

Download the 2021 Area 1 Scholarship Application