Humans play a vital role in conservation. Whether it be through taking part in conservation right in your backyard, or through your locally led conservation district, it is all of our jobs, as humans, to take part in conserving the natural resources around us.


Locally Led Conservation is local people, with leadership from conservation districts, who:

  1. assess natural resource conditions and needs,
  2. set goals,
  3. identify programs and other resources needed to achieve these goals,
  4. develop proposals and recommendations,
  5. implement solutions,
  6. and measure their success.

The need for local leadership in natural resources management was one of the most important factors leading to the establishment of conservation districts nearly 60 years ago. Following the creation of the Soil Conservation Service, now the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), conservation districts were created as a local focal point for coordinating and delivering technical assistance and funding to private land managers.

Over the years, federal, state and local governments have channeled assistance through conservation districts to address virtually every aspect of natural resource conservation. Districts have focused on setting priorities and carrying out programs based on local conditions and needs.


Human Resource Concerns

Inefficient Energy Use

  • Equipment and Facilities
  • Farming/Ranching Practices and Field Operations
South Dakota Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service