NACD works at the local, state, regional, and national level to safeguard and enhance healthy soils across the United States, whether they support grazing land, rangeland, agricultural land, or urban and community land.Learn More
Conservation of private and public forestland is of critical importance to NACD. Modern challenges - including invasive species, pests, and disease - have taken their toll on our forests; but we're here to help change that.Learn More
NACD believes voluntary and landowner-led conservation of threatened and endangered species is a critical and often under-utilized means of achieving the goals of the Endangered Species Act.Learn More
NACD advocates for more than 3,000 conservation districts across the United States, ensuring federal policy and funding levels reflect the mission and goals of our district members. In a few words, NACD is the voice of conservation.Learn More
NACD works to improve and protect water quality by providing conservation districts with the technical assistance they need to advise local landowners on nutrient management strategies and erosion prevention practices.Learn More
When conservation districts were first established in the Dust Bowl era, they mostly worked with farmers, ranchers, and forest owners. But landscapes have changed and districts have adapted.Learn More
By Mike Beacom Dr. Alan Franzluebbers didn’t go looking for silvopasture; the practice was waiting for him. The research ecologist relocated to the Southeast four years ago when he accepted a position with North Carolina State University's Department of Soil Science. Ready to study southeastern soils, Franzluebbers inherited a silvopasture study already underway at the… [...]Continue Reading
By Mike Beacom Steve Hedstrom and his family manage a 3,000-acre cow-calf operation in Raynesford, Montana. For the past year he has served as the chair of the Forestry Resource Policy Group (RPG), which consists of representatives from each of NACD’s seven regions and representatives from both the National Conservation District Employees Association (NCDEA) and the… [...]Continue Reading
By Mike Brown Our heritage began over 75 years ago, and the accomplishments achieved by conservation districts have been nothing short of remarkable. We have transformed the American landscape from barren wastelands of the Dust Bowl era to productive working lands that support healthy wildlife populations, protect water quality, and invest in the future by… [...]Continue Reading
People are the key to conservation district success, whether serving as officials on district boards of directors or volunteering in a river cleanup. Local people offer extensive expertise and personal interest regarding the best ways to take care of their own natural resources. This effective management of natural resources at the local level reduces the need for outside intervention and regulation.
Your dollars will help conserve America’s natural resources. Your membership can improve the water quality of the river that provides your family drinking water and a place to swim and fish.
Districts need help with everything from planting seedlings in wetland restoration projects to filing in the office. Contact your district to let them know you are willing to help.
You can improve your corner of the world by composting food scraps and lawn clippings in your backyard, conserving green areas in your urban neighborhood. Ask your district for assistance.