The District

About Conservation Districts

Haywood SWCD is one of 96 Soil and Water Conservation Districts in North Carolina. Soil and Water Conservation Districts were formed in 1937. In fact, the first in the nation was the Brown Creek Soil and Water Conservation District in Anson County, NC. Our country owes a debt of gratitude to Dr. Hugh Hammond Bennett, who worked tirelessly to get legislation passed toward forming conservation districts following the devastation by the Dust Bowl

Haywood Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has existed for almost 66 years. A five-member Board of Supervisors governs Haywood SWCD. Soil and water are fundamental to life itself. Many people don’t stop to realize the importance of clean water, nor the value of soil for growing crops and trees, not only to humans, but to all creatures. It can take hundreds of years for only an inch of topsoil to form and virtually no time at all for it to wash away during a heavy rain if it is unprotected or has been disturbed. One place that it can end up, all too often, is in a creek or river where it then affects water quality and damages habitat for fish. 

Soil and water are linked to one another and we depend on both. This is what Haywood SWCD is all about: conserving soil and water through assistance to the public and through education.

Haywood SWCD belongs to the Area I Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (16 western North Carolina counties), the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (NCASWCD) and the National Association of Conservation Districts

North Carolina Conservation Partnership

Haywood SWCD is a part of the North Carolina Conservation Partnership, which consists of the Division of Soil and Water Conservation (NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA), the NC Soil and Water Commission, and the NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. What this means to the public is that federal, state and local programs are all administered through Haywood SWCD.

Partnership Vision Statement

A dynamic partnership committed to quality leadership and customer service for the conservation of our natural resources.


Technical Assistance offered:

  • Access Road Layout
  • Animal Waste Systems
  • Critical Area Stabilization
  • Diversions
  • Drainage System Design
  • Erosion Control
  • Forms for Wildlife Planting and Tree Seedlings
  • Grassed Waterways and Field Borders
  • Heavy Use Areas
  • No-Till and Minimum-Till
  • Outdoor Classrooms for Schools
  • Pasture and Hayland Management
  • Pond Construction
  • Sediment Control Basin
  • Soil Testing
  • Streambank Stabilization
  • Watershed Planning