Protecting our natural resources

The Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is a unique unit of local government that was founded in 1945. Our mission is to assist agricultural producers, rural landowners and municipalities with the management, conservation and best use of our natural resources. Our highest priorities are to protect the County’s soil and water resources while maintaining the viability of agriculture as a preferred land use.


 -Please be aware that Hemlock Woolly Adelgid has been found in Washington County. There is a small infestation in Dresden in the Glen Island Campground area. Please help to stop the spread!  Also, Emerald Ash Borer has been found in neighboring Warren County. There has been a confirmed location at the Warren County Canoe Launch on the Schroon River in the Town of Chester. Links leave our site to open press releases on the NYS DEC website. Contact NYS-DEC’s forest pest information line at 1-866-640-0652  or email with questions or to report invasives.

-The 2021 Tree and Shrub Sale Order Form in now available. Check it out!

 -Our 2021 Spring Newsletter is now available! Check it out!

 -Information on seed scam

 –Our Board of Directors meetings are open to the public. All CDC Guidelines must be followed if attending, including wearing a mask and practicing social distancing:

 February 26, 2021 at 10:00 A.M.

February Meeting Agenda

 Zoom Meeting


Call In: +1 929 205 6099

Meeting ID: 970 0306 2259

Passcode: 078982

 September 2020 Minutes of Board Meeting

 October 2020 Minutes of Board Meeting

 November 2020 Minutes of Board Meeting

 December 2020 Minutes of Board Meeting

January 2021 Minutes of Board Meeting

 We are still working, however, pleased be advised that our office is currently closed to the public. You can find our contact information on the Contact page. During these uncertain times, please do not hesitate to contact us regarding environmental concerns for your property. While we are currently limiting new site visits to protect you and ourselves, we are happy to assist over e-mail, mail, or the phone as best we can. If we cannot assist in this capacity, we will hold onto your information and contact you after these trying times to set up a site visit. For the fastest service, please fill out and return this form: Request for Assistance.

  -June 17, 2020

 USDA-NRCS accepts signups for conservation programs all year.