As the largest Conservation District in Vermont, the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District encompasses more than five different drainage basins including: the Winooski River Watershed, the LaPlatte River Watershed, and parts of the Lake Champlain, Lamoille and White River Watersheds. As the name of the District suggests, the Winooski River Watershed represents a great deal of the District and spans the three Counties in Vermont that we serve: Chittenden, Washington and the three towns in Orange County (Washington, Orange and Williamstown). As such, our work depends on partnering with the distinct watershed associations, conservation commissions, towns and counties throughout the District to identify projects and to address the common goal of soil and water conservation.
For more information about the WNRCD please view the: wnrcd-fy16-annual-report
or Review our detailed Natural Resource Assessment: WNRCD 2015 Resource Assessment
Download a copy of the WNRCD Brochure here: wnrcd-brochure
The Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District strives to meet the needs of the communities it serves with limited resources. The District’s work is strengthened by the multiple partnerships developed with a wide range of organizations.
WNRCD partners with federal, state and local agencies and with non-profit organizations and watershed groups to meet shared conservation and education goals. Because most of our programs are funded by one-time grants, programs are targeted and rely on public demand, community involvement, urgency, and especially, funding availability.
Operations of a Conservation District
The WNRCD is directed by a dedicated Board of Supervisors who are elected by community members. The board of supervisors provide general oversight to their respective District in regards to financial health and organizational vision. The supervisors hire experienced staff to conduct and carry out programs and activities.
A Conservation District is a governmental subdivision of this state, organized by the people within the District boundaries under provisions of the Soil Conservation Act of 1939, as amended. As such, it is a locally controlled resource management agency, created by concerned landowners. Currently, Vermont has 14 Conservation Districts, which are generally organized along county boundaries. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets has been charged with oversight of the Conservation Districts in collaboration with the Natural Resources Conservation Council (NRCC). Districts are administered by an elected Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors holds monthly meetings to discuss projects and natural resource concerns.
Conservation Districts are local providers of natural resource management services that help citizens conserve their land and protect the environment for a cleaner, healthier, economically vibrant Vermont. The major goals of a Conservation District and its programs are the overall protection and wise use of our natural resources.
District funding sources include state appropriations, federally funded grant programs, local governmental appropriations, service based fees, donations, and fundraising activities. Each District receives a small amount of money each year from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. This appropriation makes up less than 2% of the WNRCD yearly budget.
More than 3,000 Conservation Districts operate throughout the United States. These entities of government are responsible for conducting programs similar to the ones used in Vermont. Conservation Districts originated during the dust bowl era and have a long history of conservation projects. For more information regarding Districts in other states, please visit the National Association of Conservation Districts.