Since 1945 Laramie Rivers Conservation District has served the people of Albany County through programs designed to assist landowners conserve our natural resources.  

 

Our Mission

It is the mission of Laramie Rivers Conservation District to provide leadership for the conservation of Albany County's soil and water and all other natural resources; preserve and enhance wildlife habitat; protect the tax base; and promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the citizens of Albany county through responsible conservation ethic.


Every person is a conservationist. Each individual instinctively seeks to preserve and improve their life and enhance the environment that supports it.

Conservation is not saving for the sole purpose of saving. Only misers do that. True conservationist are dedicated to actions that contribute to the wise use of soil, water, forests, grass, and wildlife. Their cardinal concern is that mankind have the use and enjoyment of these resources today and for all time to come.”
— From Laramie Rivers Newsletter, February 1962

How Conservation districts started

"In the early 1930s, along with the greatest depression this nation ever experienced, came an equally unparalleled ecological disaster known as the Dust Bowl. Following a severe and sustained drought in the Great Plains, the region's soil began to erode and blow away, creating huge black dust storms that blotted out the sun and swallowed the countryside. Thousands of “dust refugees” left the black fog to seek better lives.

But the storms stretched across the nation. They reached south to Texas and east to New York. Dust even sifted into the White House and onto the desk of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

On Capitol Hill, while testifying about the erosion problem, soil scientist Hugh Hammond Bennett threw back the curtains to reveal a sky blackened by dust. Congress unanimously passed legislation declaring soil and water conservation a national policy and priority. Because nearly three-fourths of the continental United States is privately owned, Congress realized that only active, voluntary support from landowners would guarantee the success of conservation work on private land.

In 1937, President Roosevelt wrote the governors of all the states recommending legislation that would allow local landowners to form soil conservation districts. Brown Creek Soil & Water Conservation District in North Carolina was the first district established. The movement caught on across the country with district-enabling legislation passed in every state. Today, the country is blanketed with nearly 3,000 conservation districts"

Source: National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) - History

want to know more about the dust bowl?

Visit the PBS website
The Dust Bowl
for more video's, photo's and stories.

The Dust Bowl - A Film by Ken Burns