To Provide local leadership to implement all programs
that protect, restore, or improve the natural resources
of Orangeburg County.
Conservation districts came out of the "dust bowl!" years when the federal government revamped the Soil Erosion Conservation Service into the Soil Conservation Service in 1938. That same year Franklin D. Roosevelt sent a letter to all governors asking them to pass legislation creating soil conservation districts for the purpose of assisting the SCS (now NRCS) in getting landowners to combat soil erosion problems. The first district was created in North Carolina in 1938 with virtually all states passing legislation by 1950.
Today the United States is blanketed with nearly 3,000 conservation districts, with more than 8,000 district employees working at the local level on conservation issues. Those numbers continue to increase as districts have demonstrated their ability to solve resource problems.