Gloucester County Soil Conservation District

Address

14 Parke Place Blvd.Suite-C
Sewell, NJ  08080

County

Gloucester

Telephone

(856) 589-5250

Email

Web Address

Description

The Gloucester Soil Conservation District is a political subdivision of New Jersey State Department of Agriculture. The District is governed by a Board of Supervisors that is nominated locally and is appointed by the New Jersey State Soil Conservation Committee. All members of the Board of Supervisors serve as volunteers. Soil Conservation Districts were formed back in the 1930's when national attention was focused on the devastating effects of the Dust Bowl. The problems associated with the Dust Bowl were due primarily to poor land management practices that resulted in mounting soil erosion, floods, and sky-blackening dust storms that swept across the nation. Due to the Dust Bowl effects, public opinion was aroused. As a result in 1935, Congress passed Public Law 46 that declared soil and water conservation and wise land use a national policy. In 1937 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt wrote to all governors, recommending state legislation allowing landowners to form soil and water conservation districts. These districts would provide the opportunity for informed participation and cooperation of local citizens. As a result of President Roosevelt