MISSISSIPPI ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATION DISTRICTS

"The Voice of Conservation in Mississippi"

What is MACD?

The Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (MACD), established in 1945, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization composed of the 82 Soil & Water Conservation Districts in Mississippi. MACD is governed by a thirty-one member Board of Directors and represents more than four hundred district commissioners throughout Mississippi.

What is a Soil and water Conservation District?

During the 1930's, as Americans were recovering from the Great Depression, along came an unparalleled ecological disaster of national consequence. Americans looked out their windows to a black fog of dust, slowly moving across the entire United States. Following one of the most severe droughts in history across the Great Plains, the region's soil began to erode and blow away creating great clouds of dust, some of which began to settle in Washington, and came to the attention of President Franklin Dl Roosevelt.

Through a Presidential mandate, Congress subsequently passed legislation declaring soil and water conservation a national policy and priority. Congress realized, since about 75% of the land in the continental United States was privately owned, that the only guarantee for the success of a conservation program was to garner voluntary support from the landowners.

In 1937, President Roosevelt wrote the governors of all states recommending legislation that would allow local landowners to form soil conservation districts.

The Mississippi Legislature, in 1938, officially recognized that our soil resources were deteriorating at an enormous rate and that this was being caused by misuse or improper use of the land and the lack of applied conservation treatment or measures. It further recognized that if this were allowed to continue, the results would be disaster.

In its effort to solve the program, which was primarily soil erosion, the Mississippi legislature enacted the Soil Conservation Law (currently the Soil and Water Conservation Law), in which the State Soil Conservation Committee (currently the Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission) was created. Provisions were made so that each county could organize a soil and water conservation district.

A Soil & Water Conservation District's governing board is comprised of voluntary citizens who come together and represent land owners and users in their district and ensure a local voice in conservation.

MACD Vision Statement

Today, there is a Soil & Water Conservation District in every county in Mississippi. Among other things, these Districts' ongoing and future efforts are to:

  1. Implement farm conservation practices to keep soil in the fields and out of waterways.

  2. Conserve and restore wetlands and wildlife habitat.

  3. Protect groundwater resources

  4. Plant trees and other land cover to hold topsoil, purify the air, provide cover for wildlife, and beautify neighborhoods and public areas.

  5. Help developers and homeowners manage the land and water in an environmentally sensitive manner.

  6. Reach out to communities and schools to teach the value of natural resources and encourage conservation in generations to come.

MACD Policy Positions

MACD Policy Position statements on a variety of issues are available by contacting any of the MACD board members listed below.

Annual Meeting

MACD's 82 member Soil & Water Conservation Districts hold an annual meeting during which members learn about how to address current issues, what is available in District Assistance from state and federal agencies, and recognize conservation leaders with awards of merit.

Education and Community Services

Districts offer education and community outreach services by facilitating school programs, Tree Planting Week activities, marketing District services, and making conservation information available to landusers, students and the general public.

Auxiliary

MACD Auxiliary is an affiliate organization of volunteers who organize to assist in educational outreach, Conservation Grandparent programs, and hold several fundraisers such as Conservation Quilt ticket raffle sales.

Mississippi Conservation District Employees Association

MCDEA is an organization of District employees who have joined together to further not only educational outreach efforts and raise funds for conservation education, but also make a joint effort for training needs of District employees.

Who to Contact

Click here for current listing of MACD Board Members.

MACD
P. O. Box 23005
Jackson, MS 39225-3005

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