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.

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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.

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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.

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Federal Policy

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.

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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.

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Urban and Community

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.

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Get Involved

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.

Among the things you can do:


Become a member of NACD

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.


Practice Good Stewardship

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.