The conservation district is a partner of the Arkansas Soil and water conservation Commission, which helps with direct activities and informs the public about conservation programs. At times, the state agency also provides matching funds for programs and activities.
Loss of soil through water and wind erosion was the major reason for starting conservation districts. Holding the soil in place by using conservation measures keeps the land productive and sediment from filling streams and lakes. The conservation district helps landowners to plan and apply land treatment measures, save tons of soil, and keep the county's water supplies clean.
The district can also provide conservation information to teachers, students, and others upon request.
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In 1937 Arkansas passed a law permitting counties to form conservation districts. Every county in the state has one. The Johnson County Conservation District was organized on November 5, 1945. The district is the only unit of government charged with the responsibility of conserving natural resources. It is an independent subdivision of state government just like a school district.
The conservation district is led by five local individuals who are elected and/or appointed to office. These are called district directors. Their job is to identify and help solve natural resource problems in the county. Three directors are elected by the landowners to serve a three-year term while the other two are appointed by the Soil and Water Commission. Directors do not receive a salary.
The district helps all residents in the county conserve and protect their natural resources. Land owners, community planners, public health sanitarians, architects, engineers, real estate developers, industrialists, and others are eligible for free technical assistance.