Assistance is available through Districts to any land occupier, whether a farm or a non-farm landowner who resides on or owns land within the district is eligible to receive assistance. The district can only provide assistance which relates to the conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources.
Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) is the federal agency that helps farmers and other landowners improve and protect their natural resources. We work in partnership with NRCS to deliver land conservation knowledge and practices.
Massachusetts Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) is a private, non-profit, non-governmental association of the 13 Massachusetts districts, operating under its own constitution and by-laws. WCCD and MACD also work together toward a common goal enabling districts to achieve greater recognition from, and access to, both the legislature and governmental agencies as we as from people in the private sector.
Together through the District Grant Program funded by Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) WCCD is in the planning stages in developing conservation and nutrient management plans for farms within impaired watersheds, with a special focus on land within the Long Island Sound watershed. We will educate professionals, landowners, students and the general public about soil health through workshops, press releases, social media, and the development of educational materials for schools. We will work with NRCS to implement good soil conservation practices on the agricultural, forestry and developed landscape.