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
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.