Across the United States, nearly 3000 conservation districts - almost one in every county - are helping local people to conserve land, water, forests, wildlife, and related natural resources.
Conservation Districts were originally formed during the days of the Dust Bowl to combat the severe erosion problems caused by intense farming practices. They are local units of state government, established to produce conservation programs for the wise use of natural resources by current and future generations.
Though all Soil and Water Conservation Districts are committed to conservation, each has its own specific goals and objectives.
Locally led by a governing board of 3 elected and 2 appointed Supervisors, who volunteer their time and expertise, along with 2 full-time employees, the Steuben County Soil and Water Conservation District is uniquely qualified to mold itself to meet the needs of the local community.