The legacy of the Cabarrus Soil & Water Conservation District

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Aug. 27, 2013 -- On Aug. 28, the Cabarrus Soil and Water Conservation District (CSWCD) will launch a year-round celebration of its 50th anniversary. Our resident conservation specialist takes a moment to share what the CSWCD means to the County and the legacy of its work. For more information, visit the CSWCD website.

The CSWCD exists to encourage the informed and responsible stewardship of the land and its natural resources. From the days of earliest settlement of what is now Cabarrus County, people have moved here in search of land and water. Two centuries after the arrival of the first European-American settlers, a multi-county conservation district was formed in 1939 to assist area residents with solving soil erosion and other problems that posed threats to local farmers. Nearly 25 years later, on August 28, 1963, CSWCD was formed as a single-county district.
The District is celebrating 50 years of visionary environmental stewardship with a year-long series of events, including awards, ceremonies, contests and workshops. Since the beginning, conservation districts have emphasized a locally-led, voluntary approach to the stewardship of natural resources. District staff develop conservation plans that match landowner objectives with the potential of the land and associated natural resources—soil, water, animals, plants and air. Financial and technical assistance is available.
Conservation planning is increasingly challenging as the population of the county grows and competition for land and natural resources intensifies. The District’s board and staff, with input from conservation partners, prioritize their limited financial and human resources on leaving a legacy in terms of conservation easements and conservation education. Conservation easements are being placed on land with prime farmland soils and/or significant ecological value. In addition, since its early days, the District has been a leader in conservation education for students and lifelong learners.
-- Dennis Testerman
Resource Conservation Specialist
Cabarrus Soil & Water Conservation