THE OCONEE SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT'S MISSION IS

THREE FOLD: TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL

AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO INSTALL CONSERVATION PRACTICES

ON PRIVATE AND PUBLIC LANDS:

TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE; AND TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE WISE USE OF NATURAL RESOURCES


CONSERVATION DISTRICTS DEVELOPED FROM THE SOIL CONSERVATION SERVICE IMPLEMENTED IN THE 1930'S TO HELP SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OF EROSION AND THE DEVASTATING RESULTS THAT GAVE RISE TO THE DUST BOWL.  BY TEACHING THE PUBLIC ABOUT BETTER FARM RELATED PLANTING PRACTICES CONSERVATION SAVED OUR PRECIOUS TOP SOIL AND WATER RESOURCES AND PLACED A FOCUS ON PRESERVING THE SOIL INSTEAD OF USING IT TO ITS OWN DETRIMENT.  SOIL CONSERVATION DISTRICTS ARE NOW DESIGNATED BY COUNTY BOUNDARIES TO BETTER FORM A LOCALIZED EFFORT TO MEET THE RESIDENT NEEDS OF THE AREA.  OCONEE DISTRICT WAS THE VERY FIRST DISTRICT IN THE NATION TO HAVE A CONSERVATION FARM PLAN WRITTEN.  THIS TOOK PLACE IN 1938 ON THE FARM OF MRS. PLOMA M. ADAMS AND INCLUDED 330 ACRES WEST OF THE CITY OF SENECA SC.  tHAT FARM HAS NOW BEEN LOST TO DEVELOPMENT BECAUSE AT THAT TIME NO THOUGHT WAS PUT FORTH TO PROTECT SPECIAL PLACES FROM DEVELOPMENT AFTER THE ORIGINAL OWNERS HAD PASSED AWAY.  NOW WE HAVE CONSERVATION EASEMENTS THAT WILL ALLOW A LANDOWNER TO MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT HOW THE PROPERTY WILL BE USED INTO PERPETUITY.  THE OCONEE SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT HAS ONE OF THE BEST EASEMENT PROGRAMS IN THE STATE TO HELP PROPERTY OWNERS PRESERVE THEIR PROPERTY IN ITS EXISTING CONDITION AND HAS PRESERVED OVER TWO THOUSAND ACRESOF PRIME SOUTH CAROLINA FARM LAND AND FOREST LAND AND WILL CONTINUE TO PROMOTE THE WISE USE AND PRESERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES THROUGH THIS AND OUR OTHER PROGRAMS.