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Soil & Water Conservation District

The Alleghany Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is a governmental subdivision of the State of North Carolina, charged with the responsibility of promoting soil and water conservation and establishing conservation programs in the District. The District partners with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and other state, federal and local agencies to carry out these responsibilities. The office is located on the second floor of the county office building at 90 S. Main St. Room 200 in Sparta.

A five-member Board of Supervisors directs the affairs of the District. The District Board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month.

The Mission of the Alleghany Soil and Water Conservation District is to promote the conservation of natural resources in Alleghany County through education, technical assistance, and available economic incentives.

Bobby Evans, Chairman 
Chris Huysman, Vice-Chairman
Terry Hall, Secretary/Treasurer 
Alvin Dixon, Member 
Bill Osborne, Member

Preservation and protection of natural resources can be achieved through many technical, financial and educational programs.

The Alleghany County Voluntary Farmland Preservation Program encourages landowners to preserve the land by enrolling their farm in a Voluntary Agricultural District (VAD) and keeping it in working farms.

VAD Advisory Board
Milly Richardson, Chair
Aaron Ray Tompkins, Vice-Chair
Bettie Upchurch, Member
Bobby Evans, Member
David Gambill, Member
Bradford Gambill, Member
Alvin Dixon, Member
Yancy Sparks, Member
Roger Williams, Member

The Alleghany County Agricultural Advisory Board (AAAB) was appointed as one of the recommendations of the comprehensive Farmland Preservation Plan adopted by the County in November 2013. The AAA Board will pursue grant opportunities, advise county government in agricultural related issues, and encourage and promote agriculture to ensure the economic viability and profitability of farms in the future.

AAA Board
Bob Woodward
Bobby Davis
Bobby Evans
Jay Coman
David Gambill
Dustin Phipps
Jimmy Joines
Marshall Hash
Susie Gambill
Johnny Wishon
Stacey Barker
Virginia Van Hampton

Ex-officio Members
Aaron Ray Tompkins
Bobby Irwin
Linda Hash
Russell Choate

Technical/Financial Services
Technical assistance is provided to individuals, groups, or corporations to address natural resource concerns.

Technical and Financial assistance may be available for installing practices to address natural resource concerns through the following cost share programs: 

North Carolina Agriculture Cost Share Program (NCACSP) 

Community Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP)

Agricultural Water Resources Assistance (AgWRAP)

Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP)

We work with numerous state, federal, and local agencies and organizations to protect our natural resources.

Educational Programs
Contests: 5th Grade Poster, 6th Grade Essay, 7th and 8th Grade Speech, and 9th Grade Computer Designed Poster competitions at school, county, area, and state levels.

: County, AreaState, and North American Competitions: Environmental Educational events in which middle and high school teams attend outdoor stations and compete in the area of soils, aquatics, wildlife, forestry, and current environmental issues.

Resource Conservation Workshop: Two or more high school students are sponsored to attend NC State University for one week in June for classes and college orientation, with field trips in the study of natural resources.

Scout programs/Day Camp, Agricultural Fairs and Environmental Field Days
Provided upon request.