To promote resource conservation, preservation, and sustainability through education, facilitation, and public and private partnerships to benefit the citizens of Clark County, Nevada.
Out of the “Dust Bowl” and Great Depression era of the 1930s came an awareness of the need for improved agricultural and land management practices across the United States. To begin to address these issues, President Roosevelt established the Soil Erosion Service in 1933. In 1935 the Service was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and renamed the Soil Conservation Service (SCS).
The SCS was very active, not only in Nevada, but across the nation with various programs to improve agricultural practices, water supply, property development, and research. The Department of Agriculture provided funding and encouraged the States to become active participants in these programs. In 1937, the Department sent model legislation for the creation of soil conservation agencies to each state, urging its adoption. That same year the Nevada Legislature enacted a modified version of the law, allowing the creation of local soil conservation districts.
The 1937 act was amended in 1945, 1947, 1951, 1955, 1960, and 1973. These were mainly administrative changes. However, the 1973 legislation changed the names of the soil conservation districts to “conservation districts” and expanded their mandate to include other renewable natural resources such as, "land . . . , water, vegetation, trees, natural landscape and open space." In 1994 the name of the Soil Conservation Service was changed to the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to reflect its expanded role of protecting other natural resources.
The Clark County Conservation District was formed in 1974 upon consolidation of the Moapa Valley, Las Vegas Valley, and Virgin Valley Conservation Districts. In 2001 the Clark County Conservation District changed its name to the Conservation District of Southern Nevada.
The NRCS remains a steadfast partner and supporter of the CDSN.
What We Do
1. We develop partnerships, working groups, and community connections,
2. We locate and administer grants and matching funds to produce projects,
3. We provide, coordinate, or assist in conducting free public education programs to inform residents, students, and various organizations about important environmental and sustainability issues.
The Conservation District of Southern Nevada is a local subdivision of the State of Nevada with decades of proven experience developing community based conservation projects for residents, governments, and businesses throughout Clark County.
CDSN is administered by a seven-member board of supervisors; five members elected to four-year terms, one member appointed to represent county government, and one member appointed to represent the incorporated cities.