Protect the natural resources of Haywood County through education, conservation and preservation.
Technical Assistance offered:
Access Road Layout
Animal Waste Systems
Critical Area Stabilization
Drainage System Design
Forms for Wildlife Planting and Tree Seedlings
Grassed Waterways and Field Borders
Heavy Use Areas
No-Till and Minimum-Till
Outdoor Classrooms for Schools
Pasture and Hayland Management
Sediment Control Basin
About Conservation Districts
Haywood SWCD is one of 96 Soil and Water Conservation Districts in North Carolina. Soil and Water Conservation Districts were formed in 1937. In fact, the first in the nation was the Brown Creek Soil and Water Conservation District in Anson County, NC. Our country owes a debt of gratitude to Dr. Hugh Hammond Bennett, who worked tirelessly to get legislation passed toward forming conservation districts following the devastation by the Dust Bowl.
Haywood Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has existed for almost 66 years. A five-member Board of Supervisors governs Haywood SWCD. Soil and water are fundamental to life itself. Many people don’t stop to realize the importance of clean water, nor the value of soil for growing crops and trees, not only to humans, but to all creatures. It can take hundreds of years for only an inch of topsoil to form and virtually no time at all for it to wash away during a heavy rain if it is unprotected or has been disturbed. One place that it can end up, all too often, is in a creek or river where it then affects water quality and damages habitat for fish.
Soil and water are linked to one another and we depend on both. This is what Haywood SWCD is all about: conserving soil and water through assistance to the public and through education.