History And Origin

In the early 1930's, along with the greatest depression this nation ever experienced, came an equally unparalleled disaster known as the "Dust Bowl." Following a severe and sustained drought in the Great Plains, the region's soil began to erode and blow away, creating huge black dust storms that blotted out the sun and swallowed the countryside. Thousands of "dust refugees" left the black fog to seek better lives.

On Capitol Hill, while testifying about the erosion problem, soil scientist Hugh Bennett threw back the curtains to reveal a sky blackened by dust. Congress unanimously passed legislation declaring soil and water conservation a national policy and priority.

In 1937, President Roosevelt wrote the Governors of all the states recommending legislation that would allow local landowners to form soil conservation districts.

There are nearly 3000 districts across the United States. More than 15,000 volunteers serve in elected or appointed positions on conservation districts' governing boards.

Carroll County

Conservation District


8 am - 4:30 pm 


Monthly Meetings:

2nd Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the District Office, 73 Main Street, Conway

Carroll County's History

Established in 1946, the Carroll County Conservation District has been working with town boards and individual land owners  for over 55 years. Authorized by State Statute  RSA 432:12, the District is a  governmental subdivision of the state set up to coordinate State and Federal conservation programs at the local level in the interest of public health, safety and welfare.

The District is directed by a Board of Supervisors made up of five unpaid District  residents who are appointed to serve three-year terms as public officials by the NH State Conservation Committee. The Board of Supervisors can hire technical and administrative staff to oversee the day-to-day operations. They also appoint Associate Supervisors to serve annual terms.

What are Conservation Districts?

Conservation Districts are local governmental subdivisions established under State law to carry out a program for the conservation, use and development of soil, water and related resources. Districts are resource management agencies, coordinating and implementing resource and environmental programs at the local level in cooperation with federal and state agencies and the private sector. They have demonstrated capabilities in resource protection, development and management. This equips them to be catalysts in bringing together facets of the community that will benefit from a united undertaking to address resource problems and needs.

Districts work with landowners and users, local government agencies and other local interests in addressing a broad sprectrum of resource concerns. These concerns included, but are not limited to, surface and ground water quality and quantity, nonpoint source pollution, sedimentation and erosion, stormwater, flooding, wetlands, forestlands, wildlife habitats and solid waste.

Each district has a governing body of citizens who are locally nominated and state appointed. They use their combined talent, experience and knowledge of community needs and resouorces to set the district's goals and priorities for carrying out resource programs. They work in cooperation with, and in most states under the direction of, a state conservation agency through which funding and other assistance may be provided. Districts bring federal and state dollars and technical assistance to the local level along with resources from the private sector.

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