FOR INFO ON THE MANY SERVICES PROVIDED BY THESE TWO AGENCIES WHICH INCLUDE THE CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM, ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY INCENTIVES PROGRAM, NON-INSURED CROP DISASTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, AG RISK COVERAGE AND PRICE LOSS COVERAGE PROGRAM AND MORE PLEASE VISIT THE LINKS PROVIDED BELOW


www.nrcs.usda.gov


www.fsa.usda.gov


NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION SERVICE AND FARM SERVICE AGENCY 

THE RUSSELL FARMSTEAD PROJECT IS A REHABILITATION EFFORT  ON A CIVIL WAR ERA FARMSTEAD IN NORTHERN OCONEE COUNTY.  ACQUIRED BY THE US FOREST SERVICE AS A NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE IN THE 1970'S BECAUSE OF ITS PROXIMITY TO THE SUMTER NATIONAL FOREST  AND ITS HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE, PLANS WERE TO PRESERVE THE SITE AND KEEP IT AS A REPRESENTATION OF THE TYPICAL SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN FARMSTEAD.  THE ORIGINAL HOUSE WAS BURNED TO THE GROUND IN 1988 BY ARSONISTS AND THE FOCUS OF THE FARM SEEMED LOST.  OSWCD, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BART GARRISON AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM HAS SET ABOUT TO RECLAIM THE REMAINING STRUCTURES FROM THE INVASIVE PLANT LIFE THAT HAS OVERTAKEN THEM AND PROVIDE BETTER ACCESS FOR VISITORS TO THE SITE.  tHE REMAINING BUILDINGS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A NATIONAL TREASURE AND WE PLAN TO PROVIDE AN AVENUE TO KEEP THEM CLEAR AND IN GOOD SHAPE.  tHIS IS A PURELY VOLUNTEER ENDEAVOR AND ANY ONE INTERESTED IN THIS PROJECT SHOULD CONTACT OUR OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

RUSSELL FARMSTEAD


WE OFFER A NO TILL DRILL FOR RENT TO PERFORM CONSERVATION PLANTING.  PLANTING WITH A NO TILL CONSERVES THE SOIL BY PLANTING DIRECTLY INTO THE GROUND WITHOUT HAVING TO BREAK THE SURFACE BY TILLING.  THIS HAS BEEN A VERY SUCCESSFUL ENDEAVOR AND MANY ACRES OF TOP SOIL HAVE BEEN SAVED BY USING THIS PROCESS.  WE ENCOURAGE THE RENTAL OF THIS DRILL FOR THIS PURPOSE AND CAN ANSWER ANY QUESTION YOU MAY HAVE BY CONTACTING OUR OFFICE.  RENTAL FEES ARE BY THE ACRE.

NO TILL DRILL

THE OAK GROVE CENTER IS A FOURTEEN ACRE EVENT CENTER THAT INCLUDES THE 4-H BARN, THE CLEMSON EXTENSION RIDING RING, AND THE 100 YEAR OLD OAK GROVE SCHOOL HOUSE.  THE 4-H BARN  AND RIDING RING CAN BE RENTED BY CONTACTING THE OSWCD OFFICE AT THE CONTACT PAGE ABOVE OR CALL 864 638 2213. WE HAVE HOSTED WEDDINGS, REUNIONS, LIVESTOCK SHOWS AND OTHER EVENTS AND WOULD BE HAPPY TO HEAR FROM YOU ABOUT HELPING PLAN YOUR PROPOSED EVENT.  


THE OAK GROVE SCHOOL PROJECT INTENDS TO REFURBISH THE HISTORIC OAK GROVE SCHOOL, A 100 YEAR OLD BUILDING THAT WAS CENTRAL IN THE HISTORY OF THE OAK GROVE COMMUNITY.  FUNDS FOR A PROJECT OF THIS SCOPE ARE HEFTY AND A CONTINUOUS FUNDRAISING EFFORT HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE WE ACQUIRED THE BUILDING FROM THE OCONEE SCHOOL DISTRICT. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO DONATE PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE.


OAK GROVE CENTER


OUR CONSERVATION EASEMENT PROGRAM IS SET UP TO HELP PROTECT THE PRECIOUS RESOURCES AND PRODUCTIVE FARM LAND WE HAVE HERE IN OCONEE COUNTY. WE CURRENTLY HOLD NINETEEN CONSERVATION EASEMENTS PROTECTING APPROXIMATELY 2200 ACRES AND ARE WORKING CURRENTLY ON ADDITIONAL PROTECTIONS THAT WILL ADD AN ADDITION 450 ACRES TO THIS TOTAL.

CONSERVATION EASEMENTS