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Conservation District Activities in Arkansas

319 Non Point Source (NPS) Grants: Since 1990, the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) has been the lead agency for the Arkansas Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Management Program.  ANRC has oversight over the NPS Grant Program, and funds various 319 projects related to nonpoint source pollution management. Additional information can be found at www.arkansaswater.org

AACD Essay Scholarship Contest: Districts provide the student with the winning essay a cash award, after they complete one college semester in conservation related field of study at an accredited college in Arkansas. In addition, the winning essay of the Benton County AACD Essay Scholarship Contest is entered into the NW Area AACD Scholarship Contest, which provides a $500.00 cash award. Other districts provide similar opportunities for students in their local school district.

AR Game and Fish Fine Revenue: Each countyís quorum court allocates all fine money to their school districts and conservation districts according to Arkansas Code Annotated 6-16-1101. The AGFC and the ADE do not have a role in determining which programs are funded. School and conservation district officials must contact their local quorum court with requests for fine revenue and suggestions concerning the best method of distributing funding. Additional information at www.agfc.com/education-class

Beaver Eradication Program: The "Beaver Eradication Program" created under Act 630 of 1993 and coordinated by the Department of Finance and Administration and county governments is now the "Conservation District Beaver Control Program" administered by the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission through Arkansasí conservation districts. Additional information at www.anrc.gov or contact your local conservation district.

Board Meeting Minutes: Regular Monthly Conservation District Board Minutes are mailed and emailed to Arkansas Legislators, County Judge, Quorum Court JPís, ANRC, AACD, and Past District Directors: This program is most valuable in connecting with leaders at the state and local level.

Canon Envirothon: The Canon Envirothon was established as a competitive, multi-disciplinary, problem-solving, natural resource event for high school students to challenge their environmental knowledge.  The Envirothon program encourages students to pursue environmental knowledge actively. Thousands of high school students have met the challenge about the natural world and their environment. They are wiser and more concerned about their environment because of their education and competition. To learn more about the Canon Envirothon, please explore the information and resources available on their website at http://www.envirothon.org/.

Conservation District Director Training: Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Title II:  Rules Governing Conservation Districts, Section 210.8 and 211.16 require that all conservation district directors complete the Commissionís approved training course. www.anrc.gov

Conservation Poster Contest: Teachers with the Best of Show winners in each grade category receive a $25.00 cash award. In addition, each student that enters a poster receives a ribbon.

Floodplain Management: To view the official Code, follow the links on the State of Arkansas Website:  www.arkansas.gov Chapter 268. Flood Loss Prevention. Sections 14-268-101. Legislative determination. http://www.floodplain.ar.gov/floodplain_legislation.htm. Certain Districts have Certified Floodplain Managers (CFMís) on site to assist the public.

Nut Sales: Fundraisers for conservation districts are available at some participating districts during season.

Nutrient Management Program: The Nutrient Management Program oversees a licensing and certification program for consultants, compliance activities and education and training programs necessary to implement the law. www.anrc.gov District personnel are available to write nutrient management plans.

Partnerships: Some Conservation Districts partner with other local county agencies to sponsor awards for good stewards of the land; conduct conservation education workshops; District Director Dinners to provide opportunities for local, county and state officialís to hear updates on conservation district activities in their districts.

Rental Equipment: Districts have available for rent to the public; No-till drill, pasture sprayers and renovators, aerators, Bermuda planters, litter spreader, feed bunks, spring and freeze proof watering tanks, electric fencing kit. Districts also sell Topo Maps, Plat Books, flagging stakes and tape.

Soil and Water Stewardship Materials: Materials are purchased annually for outreach programs and Earth Day Celebration. In 1955, the National Association of Conservation Districts began a national program to encourage Americans to focus on stewardship. Stewardship Week is officially celebrated from the last Sunday in April to the first Sunday in May. It is one of the world's largest conservation-related observances. 

State Poultry Registration: Conservation Districtís provides district personnel to assist with the mandatory Annual State Poultry Registration. Poultry Producers can register at their local USDA Field Service Center Office anytime between January 1 and March 31 of each year. www.anrc.gov Nutrient Management Program.

Tax Incentives: The purpose of this program is to encourage water users to invest in (1) the construction of impoundments to use available surface water, thereby reducing their dependence on ground water; (2) the conversion from ground water use to surface water use; and (3) land leveling to reduce agricultural irrigation water use. Tax credits may pass through partnerships, corporations, etc.

An application must be approved by your county conservation district, then submitted to the Commission and approved before a taxpayer may begin construction of a project and claim credits. All projects must be maintained for a minimum of 10 years following issuance of the Certificate of Completion, or benefits will be subject to recapture. An application fee of three percent of the total approved tax credit must be paid, and there is a minimum fee of $100 and a maximum fee of $1,500. Additional information at www.anrc.gov

Technical Service Provider Program (TSP): Conservation Districts provide district personnel to assist the District Conservationist w/USDA, NRCS Programs. www.nrcs.usda.gov Technical Service Providers

Tree Sales: Districts provide tree seedlings to landowners during season.

Water Quality Technician Program: Program provides district personnel to write Nutrient Management Plans for producers to apply nutrients at the recommended rate. www.anrc.gov Nutrient Management Plan Writing.

Youth Conservation Workshop: Conservation Districts invite you to nominate participants to the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts (AACD) Ė Youth Conservation Workshop. www.aacd.org Youth Activities.


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