The mission of the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District is to assist the citizens of Richland County to protect and improve the County’s natural resources by providing exceptional educational, planning and technical assistance.
The vision of the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District is to improve the quality and quantity of our County’s natural resources within the watersheds of Richland County by establishing a working network of diverse conservation partners resulting in the District being known as the County’s natural resource reference agency.
The Richland Soil and Water Conservation District was organized in 1948 and covers all lands within Richland County. The District is a legal sub-division of the State of Ohio and is assisted by the Richland County Commissioners and the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA). Through a memorandum of understanding, technical assistance is provided by ODA – Division of Soil and Water Conservation and the United States Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS.)
The Richland Soil and Water Conservation District is governed by a Board of five Supervisors who are elected by the owners and occupiers of the land within the boundaries of the District. The Richland Soil and Water Conservation District and its five-member Board of Supervisors provide leadership through strategic planning, partnerships and conservation services. The District partners with Richland County government, other Richland County departments, local governments, and the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (OFSWCD). These partnerships form an important association to assist Richland County landowners and government.