The Swain Soil & Water Conservation District's mission is to provide for a quality environment and a higher standard of living while protecting our natural resources.
Soil and Water Conservation Districts were formed across the country as a method of addressing soil erosion on cropland during the Dust Bowl Era of the 1930's. Swain County is one of 96 Soil and Water Conservation Districts in North Carolina. The country's very first Soil and Water Conservation District, the Brown Creek SWCD in Anson County, was formed in North Carolina in 1937. In 1957 the Tuckaseigee Soil and Water Conservation District was formed in Swain County. However, 1982 the Tuckaseigee Soil and Water Conservation District transformed into the Swain SWCD.
Soil and Water Districts encourage the sound use and management of our natural resources: soil, water, air, plants and animals. The Swain Soil and Water Conservation District's objectives are secured largely through voluntary cooperation of landowners. This cooperation enables the District to offer technical assistance and resources to landowners and operators by planning, executing, and promoting sound conservation practices offered through the North Carolina Agriculture Cost Share Program and other grant opportunities to assist landowners with conservation practices and their land.
The District works closely with the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA, NRCS) and the Division of the Soil and Water Conservation Department, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NC DA&CS).
While the Soil and Water Conservation Districts main role is reducing soil erosion great priority is given to educational activities promoting natural resource conservation. The District provides education services for schools, civic groups and many other organizations.