Federal & State Conservation Programs
Regardless of whether you live in the city, along the river, or in the country, there may be a conservation assistance program that is right for you and your property. We'll help connect you to the professionals nearby that can assist in achieving your conservation goals.

The federal land conservation funding and technical assistance programs are national in scope and the majority are offered by the Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Department of Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service.

The state of Arkansas has a number of land conservation assistance programs designed to help you with either financial or technical assistance. Take a look through the programs to see if one fits your conservation goals. The following federal and state assistance programs are designed to promote habitat protection or restoration as well as other conservation activities on your land through grants, cost-share, technical assistance, or tax incentives.

Department of Interior - National Park Service Department of Interior - National Park Service

Education Programs Education Programs
Adopt-A-Wetland Program
American Hiking Society
Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
Arkansas SARE Program
Arkansas Turf Grass Association
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks
Celebrate Urban Birds
Civil War Trust
Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils Inc.
Conservation Finance Network
Earth Force, Inc.
EElinked Networks
Environmentally Friendly Drilling
Equine Land Conservation Resource
Fire Science Degree Programs in Arkansas
Fire Science Online
Food Tank
Forestry Education and Careers
Good Fires
Holistic Management International
Illinois River Watershed Partnership
McCall Outdoor Science School
Mississippi Wildlife Federation
National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center
National NEMO Network
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
North American Association for Environmental Education
Organic Farming Research Foundation
Partnership for Southern Forestland Conservation
Pinchot Institute for Conservation
Pollinator Partnership
Project Learning Tree - National
Project WILD
Protect U.S. Community Invasive Species Network
Ranching For Profit School
Ready, Set, Go!
Rural Women's Project
Shane Romain
Southern Fire Exchange
Southern Regional Aquaculture Center
Southern Regional Extension Forestry
Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Program
Texas Brigades
The Applied Sustainability Center
The National Agricultural Law Center
The Ozark Society
U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities, Inc.
Urban Ecology Center
Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation
Water Education for Teachers in the City
Wild Ones
Women Owning Woodlands
Women, Food & Agriculture Network

Conservation Districts
According to the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts, their 75 conservation districts are political subdivisions of the State of Arkansas. They were established for the purpose of conserving Arkansas’s land and water resources as authorized by Act No. 197 of the Arkansas General Assembly of 1937, the Nation's first conservation district law.

The idea behind the formation of the AACD is to keep decision making on soil and water conservation matters at the local level. Each district is governed by a board of five directors who serve without pay. Two directors are appointed by the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and three are elected by resident landowners.

The districts, along with nearly 3,000 conservation districts nationwide, provide assistance to its citizens through cooperation with federal, state and local agencies, businesses and civic organizations.

The Arkansas Conservation Partnership is a partnership, formed in 1992, that consists of seven organizations:

The Arkansas Conservation Partnership strives to more effectively assist private landowners in meeting the conservation challenges of the 21st century.

One partnership effort devoted to air quality concerns is the state’s model carbon sequestration project led by the Central Arkansas RC&D Council, which will restore a total of more than 7,800 acres working with the NRCS.

Cooperative Extension
The University of Arkansas' Division of Agriculture houses the state’s Cooperative Extension Service, with offices in all 75 counties. Extensions provides educational programs and research-based information to the people of Arkansas, enabling them to make informed decisions about their economic, social, and cultural well-being.

Extension's overall purpose is education to help people make intelligent decisions about their land, their families, and their environment. Extension's unique interdisciplinary perspective enables the organization to make a real difference in the lives of Arkansans.

The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service can provide advice and technical assistance in agriculture, home and garden, and natural resources management. Specific topics of interest to private landowners include:

  • Horticulture: lawn and garden care, fruits and vegetables, weed control, turf care
  • Forestry and tree management and health
  • Aquaculture (University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff)
  • Environmental issues, policies and practices for communities, homes and farms
  • Family financial issues; i.e. estate planning, credit management and family financial planning
  • Rural community development
  • Leadership development
  • Agricultural economics
  • 4-H and youth development
  • Entomology
  • Safety issues; i.e. farm, product and weather
  • Arkansas agricultural commodities: dairy cattle, beef cattle, poultry, soybeans, rice, cotton
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