Soil and Water Conservation districts are local units of government that develop, manage, and direct natural resource programs at the local level. Districts have been around since before Alaska was a state. Alaska’s conservation districts were established after the Territory of Alaska passed legislation in 1947 that authorized their formation. Our programs are driven by the Board of Supervisors, and the resource concerns brought to them from our cooperators.
One crucial niche districts fill is that of providing soil and water conservation services to owners of private lands -- from individuals of small parcels to Native organization owning thousands of acres. Helping landowners learn about and manage their lands and waters, whether for forestry, agriculture, recreation, or other uses, is key to economic sustainability and local quality of life.
Please explore our website and consider becoming an active member of your District and sign up as a cooperator.
Want to learn about both the supply side and the demand side of our local food system here on the southern end of the Kenai Peninsula?
After decades in the "blue bank building," NRCS and Homer Soil and Water are all moving into the Frontier Building between ACS and Remax on Pioneer. As of December 2017, our new address is 432 E Pioneer Ave. Homer Soil and Water will be in the office on the left, NRCS will be on the right, where Tech Connect used to be.
Come say hi!
Below is a list of goals for the coming fiscal year, identified by the Board of Supervisors. Our Annual Plan of Work, outlining our goals and objectives, and how we aim to accomplish them, can be viewed by downloading this document.
We value your civil rights. It is the policy of the Homer Soil and Water Conservation District to recruit, hire, train and promote for all job classifications without regard to a person’s race, religion, color or national origin, age, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, parenthood or any other impermissible characteristic as defined by law when the reasonable demands of the position do not require distinction of the aforementioned items.
Current Newsletter (Fall 2019 Newsletter).
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News for NRCS high tunnel program applicants:
* The application period opens October 1st for FY20! However, NRCS does accept applications at any time, so pay them a visit any time of the year.
* For landowners enrolling in the conservation practice Crop Rotation (328), there are additional requirements as of FY2018. The crop rotations must include a small grain which is grown to a height of at least 4” in the entire growing area at the beginning or end of the summer.
* As of FY 2018, there is a rule regarding payment on high tunnel contracts. Landowners must fully complete the building of their high tunnel (including sides, tops, and end walls) before NRCS will issue a payment on the contract.
Contact the NRCS office for more details at 235-8177 ext 3.