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LEGACY AWARD

WAKE SOIL AND WATER

CONSERVATION DISTRICT

From its beginnings in

1939 as a response to the

devastating Dust Bowl era,

the Wake Soil and Water

Conservation District’s

mission to prevent erosion

of precious topsoil and

conserve Wake County’s

natural resources remains

unchanged.

It provides technical

and cost-share assistance

to landowners, creat-

ing conservation plans

based on the best scien-

tific research and most

effective measures to

protect water quality and

enhance overall produc-

tivity on thousands of acres

of farm and forest lands.

Non-regulatory, voluntary,

non-partisan and locally

led, the District’s staff of

six also oversees a robust

environmental education

program helping grow the

next generation of environ-

mental stewards.

In 2015 the District

protected 2,205

acres of farmland

through Conservation

Management Plans and

developed a new cover

crops initiative, enrolling

6,800 cropland acres. Over

the past 10 years its Wake

County Big Sweep program

engaged 12,676 volunteers

of all ages who donated

30,760 hours to clean

nearly 800 shoreline and

roadway miles and 732

park acres.

LEGACY