The Mission of the SCACD is to protect the natural resources of South Carolina through its 46 member Conservation Districts by providing the leadership, information, and tools which enable Districts to achieve their goals.
Who We Are
The South Carolina Association of Conservation Districts (SCACD) represents the state’s 46 soil and water Conservation Districts. Its programs and activities are aimed at advancing the resource conservation cause of the Districts and the cooperating landowners, land users and citizens whom they serve in their communities. Since 1937, Conservation Districts have worked to promote and establish the wise use of soil and water resources on the land.
The quality of land, water and related natural resources has a direct bearing on the activity, growth, development and lifestyle in South Carolina. Conservation Districts develop and maintain programs to ensure a productive and desirable natural resource base.
In addition, these programs are conducted in a way that uses to the fullest extent (1) voluntary action; (2) local participation and decision; (3) private enterprise; and (4) partnership between private and public interests at all levels. Through these programs, a clear understanding of the economic, social, political and ecological interdependence between urban and rural areas is demonstrated.
The SCACD and Conservation Districts recognize the accomplishments and achievements in natural resource conservation as an integral part of the “grassroots” conservation program.
South Carolina’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts are successful because they meet fundamental needs. They coordinate work on complex problems involving many people, organizations, government agencies and technologies. More importantly, they produce tangible benefits.
SCACD was founded in 1941 on the philosophy that conservation decisions should be made by local people with technical and funding assistance provided by local, state and federal governments. The mission of SCACD is:
- To represent Conservation Districts as their voice on natural resource issues.
- To provide useful information to Conservation Districts.
- To offer needed services to Conservation Districts.
SCACD is a grassroots organization whose governing body is comprised of representatives from the District membership. The Conservation District Commissioners shape the policies of the SCACD.