Latah Soil and Water Conservation District

History

Our History
 
The Latah Soil and Water Conservation District (Latah SWCD) is a subdivision of state government, led by a locally elected Board of Supervisors. The volunteer seven-member Board is joined by Associate Supervisors, District staff and volunteers to carry out district activities.

Latah SWCD works through voluntary, incentive-based programs to assist private landowners and agricultural operators with the conservation of land, water, plant and wildlife resources throughout Latah County. Latah County contains approximately 697,000 acres, of which 38% is devoted to agriculture and 61% are forest and range lands. Approximately 77% of the county is in private ownership.

In recent years, the work of the Latah SWCD has focused on conservation tillage, erosion control on forest and agricultural lands, wildlife enhancement, Palouse Prairie restoration, environmental education, and watershed planning.

Mission Statement

Lead local efforts to promote stewardship of natural resources, on behalf of citizens, through development of comprehensive plans and implementation of strategies for economic and ecological sustainability, through coordination of leadership, information and funding.
 
District Goals

District Capacity

Develop and maintain the political and organizational capacity to fully exercise District rights and responsibilities.

Local Governance

Lead and support landowners, agricultural operators, local communities and government agencies to collectively identify natural resource issues of concern, review alternative solutions to address these issues and undertake local efforts to resolve priority issues using voluntary mechanisms.

Community Outreach

Promote efforts to enhance the local community's understanding of ecological systems, the social systems directly dependent upon these natural systems, and the political and organizational systems developed for the management of natural resources within the District.

Comprehensive Planning

Promote individual, local, regional, state, tribal and national planning efforts that recognize, and manage for, the interconnected elements of natural systems and seek sustainable management approaches for the natural resources within the District. Provide for the long-term natural resource conservation objectives of landowners and agricultural operators, strengthening the long-term health of local economies and protecting the long-term public interest of the community, as a whole.

Coordinated Implementation

Lead the voluntary implementation of conservation efforts that seek to simultaneously protect and enhance the long-term productivity of the District's natural resource base while providing for the long-term natural resource conservation objectives of landowners and agricultural operators, protecting the established rights of individual landowners and operators, strengthening the long-term health of local economies and protecting the long-term public interest of the community, as a whole.

Latah Soil and Water Conservation District
Gritman Medical Park (Federal Building)
220 East 5th Street, Suite 208
Moscow, Idaho 83843
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