Our Future

Agriculture is North Carolina’s #1 Industry, and our State has a long tradition in conservation and natural resource protection.  Traditional agriculture and natural resource concerns such as erosion control, sedimentation, water and soil quality, wildlife, animal waste management, and others will continue to be priorities for local Soil and Water Conservation Districts.  But emerging technology related to biofuels, carbon sequestration, and methane recovery as examples will present new opportunities for conservation districts into the future.

But North Carolina’s population is also one of the fastest growing in the nation.  The State has lost more than 1 million acres of farm and open land in the last 10 years, and with each day almost 400 acres are converted to roads, subdivisions, and shopping centers.  Increasing populations and rapid land use change increase the pressure on natural resources as habitats and ecosystems disappear and more pressure is placed on water supplies.

Providing assistance to landowners and encouraging the adoption of best management practices on agricultural and non-agricultural lands to address a wide range of resource concerns defines the future and the importance of local soil and water conservation districts.

The most important part of our future is with you – the citizens of North Carolina. Your input is critical in evaluating the impact & results of new Conservation programs.  Please feel free to drop our Executive Director Dick Fowler a line at dick.fowler@ncaswcd.org anytime.

Remember, we can’t do it without you!