• Conserving Natural Resources for our Future


Welcome to the Association of Florida Conservation Districts

AFCD There are 58 Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Florida, all organized by local people for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the wise use, management and general conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources.

An elected five-member, non-partisan board of supervisors, who volunteer their services, manages each soil and water conservation district. Florida has 290 supervisors.

Soil and Water Conservation Districts are non-taxing and are supported by maintaining relationships and partnership with organizations, government agencies, and receive voluntary contributions.

Our Goals

  • To assist and enable soil and water conservation districts of Florida to accomplish collectively what they cannot accomplish individually.
  • To assist soil and water conservation districts in their efforts to provide service and assistance in natural resource management and conservation.
  • To provide a direct link between soil and water conservation districts and the National Association of Conservation Districts, as well as, the State of Florida.
  • To strengthen AFCDs legislative presence; which will in turn, strengthen the legislative presence of each soil and water conservation district in the State of Florida.
  • To build and enhance the capacity and capability of soil and water conservation districts in the State of Florida to include leadership development.
  • To promote conservation education among the youth in public, home, and private schools of the State of Florida to include public speaking, environmental studies, land judging and other areas of conservation.
  • To promote and increase public awareness of Florida’s soil and water conservation districts as the source for natural resources management.
  • To implement effective two-way communication between AFCD and local soil and water conservation districts.
  • To expand AFCDs available resources for programs and services.

You Can Make a Difference

Help increase conservation throughout the state of Florida. There’s no better way to make an impact than to become an active advocate yourself.


We offer programs which promote and encourage the wise use, management and general conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources throughout Florida.

Gopher Tortoise Smartphone App

Gopher Tortoise Smartphone App

Become a citizen scientist!

The FWC needs your help documenting where gopher tortoises live.

You can help by downloading and using the “Florida Gopher Tortoise” smartphone application (app). With this app, you can record the location of gopher tortoises you may see in your yard, neighborhood, or crossing the road.

This information will help FWC biologists better understand where populations of gopher tortoises live. The app also contains gopher tortoise information and a fun quiz to test your knowledge, learn more about this protected native Florida species, and help protect and conserve gopher tortoises.

With your help, FWC will be able to better document where gopher tortoises are living within our Florida communities, and how we can work together to protect them.

The free app is available for both Android and iOS smartphones. GO HERE TO DOWNLOAD.

FLPAS MAPFlorida NRCS Offers Sign-up for Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Rivers Project

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications from agricultural producers until April 30 for a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) project that improves water quality and quantity.

The “Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Rivers (ACFR) Conservation Partnership for Alabama, Florida, and Georgia” project in the ACFR basin covers 13 million acres in eastern Alabama, western Georgia and the Florida panhandle.

NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to eligible farmers and landowners toward conservation practices that improve natural resources in 11 Florida counties through the Environmental Quality Improvement Program (EQIP).

Producers in the following counties are encouraged to apply: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla and Washington.

Producers interested in more information about applying can contact their local USDA service center or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted.

For more information contact Jeff Woods, 352-338-9515

NACD CEO visits with district leaders from Pennsylvania & Florida

NACD CEO Jeremy Peters highlighted NACD’s recent efforts to invigorate the conservation planning process and build technical capacity at two state conservation district associations’ annual meetings last week.

13645161_866973583446897_3312722385095598357_nAt both Pennsylvania’s and Florida’s annual meetings – on July 28 and July 30, respectively – Peters discussed NACD’s role in the National Conservation Planning Partnership (NCPP) and one of the many benefits of that partnership – NRCS Bootcamp Training, in which 36 district employees have now participated so far this year.

At the PACD meeting, Peters summarized President Lee McDaniel’s testimony before a House Agriculture subcommittee in May, which stressed the importance of voluntary solutions – especially in the face of regulatory pressure – when it comes to improving water quality in the Chesapeake Bay.

Peters also put an emphasis on NACD’s Urban Agriculture Conservation Initiative, which recently awarded $2 million in grant funding for technical assistance to 42 conservation districts across 25 states. While at the AFCD meeting in Ocala, Fla., Peters had the opportunity to congratulate several of the districts selected to receive grants in person, including Florida’s Leon SWCD and Hillsborough SWCD (pictured with Peters above), and Georgia’s Flint River SWCD.

13924900_867896230021299_4536483425507222480_nWhile in Florida, Peters also presented a certificate of recognition to NACD Soil Health Champion Burlin Findley of Jay, Fla., pictured at right. Findley’s Soil Health Champion Network profile is available on our website – click here to take a look!

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