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Conservation Districts

NRCDs are for everyone!

Natural Resource Conservation Districts (NRCDs) are non-regulatory entities that work with private landowners, farms, state and federal agencies, and other partner organizations to promote and implement conservation programs. Conservation districts work on a local level to protect natural resources, provide solutions and resources to address environmental concerns, coordinate resources to support conservation land use practices. Vermont’s NRCDs are hard at work helping to improve water quality, protect the natural landscape, and support agricultural best practices. Through technical, financial, and educational assistance, Vermont’s 14 NRCDs act as local facilitators linking landowners and producers with the appropriate federal, state, local, and private programs to meet their management objectives. Whether you are a farmer, municipality, landowner, or concerned private citizen, conservation districts can provide effective opportunities and programs that address environmental concerns in Vermont.

Contact your Conservation District today to find out if they can help you with one of the above professional services or other conservation assistance needs.

How can NRCDs help?

Example Professional Services offered by Conservation Districts:

  • Water Quality, Soil, and Manure Sampling
  • Equipment rentals, including Portable Skidder Bridges, AerWay, and more
  • Annual Tree, Plant, and Trout Sales
  • Assistance with Organic Farm Certification
  • Riparian buffer planning and planting through Trees for Streams and Lake Shore Buffering
  • Assistance with VAAFM medium and large farm general permits
  • Green Lawn Care and Best Management Practices
  • Farm employee water quality training
  • Nutrient Management Planning
  • Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) questions and education
  • Municipal Road Erosion Inventories
  • Map making
  • Landscaping for wildlife consultations
  • Grant writing and administrative support for land owners and municipalities
  • Invasive species education and eradication assistance


Click on the map below to learn more about your local conservation district!

Widham County Bennigton County
Ottauquechee White River Rutland POULTNEY-METTOWEE Otter Creek Winooski Lamoille Caledonia Franklin Orleans Essex Grand Isle