Created June 11, 1974
The Lander County Conservation District will be the leader in natural resource management by providing educational, technical and financial assistance (as available) to all Lander County land users.
Conservation Districts originally started as Soil Conservation Districts due to massive soil erosion during the 1930's and the Great Depression. Poor land management and harsh weather led to the formation of the Soil Conservation Service (now known as the Natural Resource Conservation Service or NRCS) and Conservation Districts out of concern for condition and quantity of natural resources. In 1937 Nevada State Legislature passed an enabling act which established conservation districts in Nevada. There are currently 28 districts covering 17 counties.
Current Board Members:
Bryan Sparks (Lander County Commissioner)
The function of a conservation district is to take available technical, financial and educational resources (whatever their source) and focus or coordinate them to meet the needs of the local land users.
Conservation districts develop and implement programs to protect and conserve soil, water, prime and unique farmland, rangeland, woodland, wildlife, energy and other renewable resources on nonfederal lands. Districts can also help stabilize local economies and resolve conflicts in land use.
Conservation districts are subdivisions of state government. Each district is governed by a board of five to seven supervisors. Five Board Supervisors are elected by locally registered voters, and one (or two) are appointed by and are the representative(s) for the county within the district. All serve without pay.