Soil & Water Conservation

Scholarship Opportunity

Julian E. Brown Conservation Scholarship Fund- Now Accepting Applications until March 31st, 2021! – Walton County Soil and Water Conservation District  Please visit this link to learn more about who is eligible for this scholarship!

District Supervisors

  • Dan Bennett (Chairman)
  • Crista Carrell
  • George Nathan Malcom
  • Howard Turner
  • Dale Wiley

District Community Relations Coordinator: John Redding
District Program Assistant: Catherine Bowers
USDA-NRCS District Conservationist: Jose Pagan

Our Mission

To treat each acre of land in Walton county in accordance with its needs and use and each acre in accordance with its capabilities.

Our Goal

To set priorities and direction for the needs of Walton county’s soil and waterways and to educate Walton’s citizens on the importance and practices of conservation.

About Us

We are a part of a larger federal conservation effort that was started in the ’30s in reaction to the Great Dust Bowl. Walton County joined the Ocmulgee District in 1939 before becoming our own district in 1977.  The Walton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is one of the few single county districts in the state. This means Walton County residents benefit from a consolidation of funds and resources and easier coordination with local governments.  

Our Community Services

  • Local Soil and Erosion issues- help identify and solve existing problems in the community and provide assistance to landowners with issues.
  • Outdoor Classrooms and Gardens- develop and maintain outdoor classrooms and gardens, including the Julian E. Brown Environmental Area.
  • Conservation Education- present lessons and activities to schools and the community in partnership with many local organizations.
  • Scholarships- award the Julian E. Brown Conservation Scholarship to the deserving high school senior attending any Walton County public, private, or home school who exhibits a passion for conservation and plans on a future in a related field.
  • Soil Stewardship Week- organize activities and distribute educational materials in relation to this annual theme.
  • National Resources Conservation Workshop- sponsor at least two high school students to attend the week-long camp in June at ABAC.