Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Conserving and Protecting the Soil and Water Resources of Texas
Hello Districts and other friends of conservation!
We are your source of information about ATSWCD-sponsored events,
programs, meetings, tours and training across the state.
ATSWCD is working to represent Texas SWCDs on local, state and national levels.
ANNUAL MEETING OF TEXAS SWCD DIRECTORS
Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the most important conservation meeting of the year in Texas. You'll enjoy great speakers, breakout sessions and the advantage of networking with other local Conservation District Directors, NRCS personnel and state staff. An extensive tradeshow, featuring numerous agencies and business sponsors, rounds out the convention.
in Ft. Worth, TX
Conservation's a Team Sport!
ATSWCD Invites You to Join Us For A Texas Tailgate Party
at the Annual Meeting, Monday Night, October 30 See Details
LOCAL WORK GROUP MEETINGS
Soil and Water Conservation Districts lead an important task of convening annual Local Work Group meetings to seek community input and develop conservation priorities for the next fiscal year. Information from these LWG meetings is critical to the overall development of a successful conservation local work plan.
LWG meetings allow for community engagement and build support for conservation programs at all levels of the conservation delivery system.
Win an Annual Meeting Registration!
Submit an LWG CPPO Grant form and be entered to win!
SOIL HEALTH WORKSHOPS
Two-day Soil Health workshops held across the state offer an opportunity to hear from experts, interact with producers and discover new techniques for sustainability and profitability. Learn how to improve the health and function of the soil and develop a conservation plan for your operation.
ANNUAL CONSERVATION AWARDS
Districts across the state identify the best local conservationists in a variety of categories, who are then entered into area contests. These distinguished winners continue to statewide competition. The Annual Conservation Awards Program is designed to acknowledge, recognize and honor those who dedicate themselves and their talents to the conservation and wise use of our renewable natural resources.
FFA LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The Soil Stewardship Public Speaking Contest, open to high school FFA students interested in soil, water and related renewable natural resource conservation, strives to broaden students' interest and knowledge of conservation philosophy and management practices, as well as how humanity depends on the health and sustainability of renewable natural resources. After advancing through district and area levels, the top three state winners are awarded scholarships.
Drought conditions hit Fayette County early this season | KVUE
IN THE NEWS
ATSWCD Past President Rick Schilling was interviewed by KVUE about the severe drought and its impact on ranchers: watch his video interview.
In a written news article, Schilling also notes the lessons he learned from the 2011 drought and talks about the conservation changes he made on his ranch to help prepare him for a better outcome during this drought.
2023 STATE CONSERVATION AWARD WINNERS
Click on the award category to read about the winner
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2023 STATE AWARD WINNERS!
Collin County SWCD #535
Gillespie County SWCD #220
Lamb County SWCD #131
Bedias Creek SWCD #428
Upper Llanos SWCD #225
Friend of Conservation
Keep Big Spring Beautiful
Howard SWCD #243
Hartley SWCD #152
Lower Pease SWCD #162
Poster K-2nd Grade
West Nueces-Las Moras SWCD #236
Poster 3rd-6th Grade
Jackson SWCD #336
Complete Listing of all Area Winners
REGIONAL SWCD MEETINGS
AND AREA BANQUETS
Regional SWCD associations meet to discuss important issues in their area, as well as broader statewide SWCD and resource concerns. Informative conservation tours are included in their sessions.
SWCDs in Texas are divided into five Area zones. An annual banquet for leadership elections and to honor award winners is held in each Area in May.
Information and forms for grants and resources are provided for Districts. The Local Work Groups Guidebook, annual quota statements and other info specifically directed toward Texas SWCDs are available.
The ATSWCD-sponsored Leadership Development Workshop provides training to District Directors and their staff.
STUDENT POSTER AND ESSAY CONTESTS
The popular annual conservation poster and essay contests provide a themed curriculum for teachers, while giving students an opportunity to showcase their creative skills and talents. Students compete on local, regional and state levels.