Edgefield Conservation District

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Text Box: 	Edgefield County is home to many acres of peaches, forests, pastureland, hayland, cropland, and most importantly, world-class conservationists. Over many years and several generations, the land users of Edgefield County have distinguished themselves as being good environmental stewards.

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†††††††††††††††† The Edgefield Soil and Water Conservation District was organized based on legislation passed in the 1930ís in response to the Dust Bowl. Under SC Conservation Districts Law, each County is now a separate Conservation District under the control of a five member local Board of Commissioners. Within this Board, three members are elected in the General Election on a non-partisan ticket every four years. The other two members are appointed to four year terms by the SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Board. Terms of the unpaid District Commissioners are staggered to promote continuity.

†††††††††††† The Edgefield Conservation District, like all others, is charged with natural resource management within the county. The District accomplishes its mission through a formal Partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the . Funding for the operation of the District comes from two primary sources, State funds through the SCDNR and locally appropriated County funds. The District employs one part-time Administrative Assistant to coordinate and run District programs and keep the Board fully informed on local issues and needs that come to the attention of the Partnership staff.

†††††††††††† The Commissioners and Staff of the Edgefield District are proud of their track record in getting conservation on the ground in the county. In the previous year alone, the Edgefield Conservation District is responsible for bringing into the County over $1.25 Million dollars. The funds are brought in through Federal Conservation Programs, State funds, and through the presence of both Federal and State staff. Over the last ten years, it has been very rare not to reach the $1 million mark in funds brought into the county. This means that every year, the Conservation District has an economic impact of over $3 million dollars!

†††††††††††† While the economic impact is impressive, the benefits to the environment, to the health and future well-being of all of us is what matters the most. Every dollar that puts conservation practices into play helps protect the soil and water resources that provide us with food, water, and shelter. The beauty of our County has long been a drawing card for residents, tourists, and development and the Conservation District has been a part of that heritage for over 70 years. This is an accomplishment of which we are justifiably proud.

Edgefield Soil and Water Conservation District

304 Gray Street

Edgefield, SC 29824

Phone: 803-637-3220 X 3

Fax: 803-637-5715

 

The Edgefield Board