The purpose and mission of The Arkansas
Association of Conservation Districts is to assist the conservation districts of the state
of Arkansas in their efforts to serve the soil and water conservation needs of the people
What is a Conservation
Conservation districts are political subdivisions
of the State of Arkansas. They are a creation of popular vote of resident landowners for
the purpose of conserving our land and water resources as authorized by Act No. 197 of the
of 1937; the
Nation's first conservation district law.
Conservation districts are local governments at
work and their specific responsibility is management of our soil and water resources. The
idea behind their formation is to keep decision making on soil and water conservation
matters at the local level. Each district is governed by a board of five directors who
serve without pay. Two directors are appointed by the
and three are elected by resident landowners.