The Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Conservation Districts (CDs) serve landowners and communities in the Pioneer Valley in the conservation and management of natural resources; farmland, woodland, and wildlife management; and farmland preservation. Conservation Districts are state entities designated by the Massachusetts General Laws to address natural resources issues at the local level throughout the Commonwealth. There are fourteen (14) districts in Massachusetts, led by volunteer elected supervisors.
The Districts cooperate with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a federal agency addressing the conservation and wise management of natural resources (soil, water, air, plants, animals, human, and energy). Examples of assistance from NRCS include:
We also carry out programs and workshops, sponsor the Massachusetts Envirothon competition for high school students, hold conservation tours of local farms, and organize an annual plant sale to raise money for these initiatives. Attend a monthly Conservation District meeting, or join your local District as a supervisor.