Soil & Water Conservation District

Our Mission

Protect the natural resources of Haywood County through education, conservation and preservation.

Soil and water conservation districts were established so that citizens could get assistance on the local level with conserving and managing important natural resources. The District is a non-regulatory agency that offers help on a voluntary basis. We have technicians who can advise you about erosion problems or tell you about the North Carolina Agriculture Cost Share Program. A United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) employee also works out of our office, offering several federal programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP). The District also has a year-round education program that includes field days, contests, teacher workshops and many other activities designed to complement and enrich student understanding about the environment.

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Board Meetings

  • 9 a.m.
  • 2nd Tuesday of every month
  • Agriculture Center

Annual Reports

The NC Division of Soil and Water Conservation has approved response funding for certain counties affected by Tropical Storm Fred. 

If your agricultural operation in Haywood County was affected by Tropical Storm Fred, please contact Haywood County Soil and Water Conservation District at 828-452-2741 ext. 3 to discuss response options with the Cost-Share Technician.

Board of Supervisors Meeting

December 13, 2022 @ 10 a.m.

Located at USDA Service Center

589 Raccoon Road

Waynesville, NC 28786

Virtual option available

Call 828-452-2741 ext. 3

Haywood County Soil and Water Conservation District and Haywood Waterways Association are working together to create a watershed action plan for Upper Jonathan Creek in Maggie Valley. The purpose of this plan is to identify water quality issues and outline best management practices that will address those issues. 

We need your help identifying sites! If you own a property or know of a property in Maggie Valley with an erosion-related water quality issue, please fill out the form below. Filling this form out does not guarantee any financial or technical assistance to address the issues you identified. If your site is selected for review, a member of the project team will contact you.

Now accepting nominations for the 2022-2023 Haywood County Conservation Teacher of the Year! Nominate a teacher using the form below. All nominations due by 1/30/23.

Applications now open for the NC Foundation of Soil and Water Conservation Careers in Conservation Scholarship!

Learn more here. Applications due Feb. 1, 2023


Board of Supervisors Meeting

March 8, 2022 at 9 a.m.

Public Welcome

USDA Service Center Waynesville, NC

Call-in option

Call 828-452-2741 ext. 3 for more information

Haywood County Soil and Water Conservation District is conducting site assessments to determine eligibility for NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) due to flood damage from Tropical Storm Fred. 

*Update (12/22): EWP site assessments are complete. Projects are awaiting funding from the federal government. 

The Soil and Water Conservation District Area 1 Scholarship is for high school seniors and college students interested in pursuing a career in the field of natural resources, agriculture, environmental science or other related fields. Awards vary from year to year. Area 1 is the 16 westernmost counties in the state. We encourage students to apply who have been involved in 4H, FFA, Envirothon and other natural resource related activities through high school, but it is not a requirement.

Apply here before March 15, 2022.