What is a Conservation Disctrict?


A conservation district is a legal subdivision of state government, responsible under state law for conservation work within its boundaries. Conservation districts' history is rooted in solving the soil erosion crisis of the Dust Bowl days. Pennsylvania first authorized the establishment of conservation districts in 1945 under Act 217. Today conservation districts continue the "cooperative" approach in dealing with natural resource problems. Districts are experts at channeling resources from government agencies, conservation groups, and civic organizations in putting those resources into action at the local level.

The Schuylkill Conservation District was formed in 1955 when Dr. James S. Shadle presented the County with a petition signed by County farmers. The District has evolved from an emphasis on soil conservation to one of all natural resource conservation efforts including erosion and sediment control, watershed protection, environmental education, farmland preservation and farm conservation planning.

A quarterly newsletter and annual report keep all municipalities, educators, and "cooperators" with the Conservation District informed. In addition trainings, workshops, public forums, and other programs are hosted by the District to provide information on a variety of conservation issues.