Soil & Water Conservation District

The NC Division of Soil and Water Conservation has approved response funding for certain counties affected by Tropical Storm Fred. 

If your agricultural operation in Haywood County was affected by Tropical Storm Fred, please contact Haywood County Soil and Water Conservation District at 828-452-2741 ext. 3 to discuss response options with the Cost-Share Technician or sign up for a site assessment here

Haywood County Soil and Water Conservation District is conducting site assessments to determine eligibility for NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) due to flood damage from Tropical Storm Fred. 

*Update (12/22): EWP site assessments are complete. Projects are awaiting funding from the federal government. 

Our Mission

Protect the natural resources of Haywood County through education, conservation and preservation.

Soil and water conservation districts were established so that citizens could get assistance on the local level with conserving and managing important natural resources. The District is a non-regulatory agency that offers help on a voluntary basis. We have technicians who can advise you about erosion problems or tell you about the North Carolina Agriculture Cost Share Program. A United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) employee also works out of our office, offering several federal programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP). The District also has a year-round education program that includes field days, contests, teacher workshops and many other activities designed to complement and enrich student understanding about the environment.

We’re also on Facebook!

Board Meetings

  • 9 a.m.
  • 2nd Tuesday of every month
  • Agriculture Center

Annual Reports


Board of Supervisors Meeting

February 8, 2022 at 9 a.m.

Public Welcome

USDA Service Center Waynesville, NC

Call-in option

Call 828-452-2741 ext. 3 for more information

Looking for scholarship money? The NC Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation is pleased to announce the Careers in Conservation Scholarship is open for applications.  

This exciting opportunity is for students that are currently studying or plan to seek a degree in natural resource management (or closely related field of study) at a NC college, university, or community college. Applications will be accepted until February 1, 2022 at 5 p.m.


The Soil and Water Conservation District Area 1 Scholarship is for high school seniors and college students interested in pursuing a career in the field of natural resources, agriculture, environmental science or other related fields. Awards vary from year to year. Area 1 is the 16 westernmost counties in the state. We encourage students to apply who have been involved in 4H, FFA, Envirothon and other natural resource related activities through high school, but it is not a requirement.

Apply here before March 15, 2022.