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The Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (NPSWCD) is one of 51 districts within the State of Idaho. The NPSWCD was created in 1941 at the request of Nez Perce County land owners. Districts were created in the 1930’s to address the nation’s natural resource issues.

What are Conservation Districts?

Conservation districts are legal subdivisions of state government that direct and administer local conservation programs to conserve natural resources. There are 51 conservation districts in the state of Idaho and approximately 3,000 districts in the United States of America.

The Nez Perce Soil & Water Conservation District (District) was created in 1941 under Idaho State Law (Title 22, Chapter 27, and Idaho State Code) and is governed by a seven member board. The elected board members oversee District staff and determine Nez Perce County’s conservation priorities. The District’s mission is to coordinate technical and financial resources for the implementation of conservation practices and projects that enhance and conserve our natural resources.

The District is a non-regulatory, grassroots organization that works with landowners, managers, and residents to promote conservation. Through voluntary cooperation with individual landowners, the Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District promotes Best Management Practices (BMPs) that achieve protection for water quality, soil erosion, wildlife habitat and other threats to natural resources. The District accomplishes this through the use of various conservation techniques and management practices which are designed to conserve, protect, or enhance the natural resource. The District continues to assist landowners in obtaining technical and financial assistance to implement projects such as tree planting, fencing, livestock waste systems, fish habitat improvements, gully erosion control, road erosion control, and weed control.

Contact us to find out how we can help you better manage your land for the conservation of natural resources!

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