"Conservation- it's your future"
2016 Glades SWCD Board of Supervisors
- Robert Hammock, Jr.-Chairman
- Tom Nichols-Vice Chairman
- Randy Waguespack-Supervisor
- Carl Perry-Supervisor
- Kimberly Clement-Supervisor
Our Policy- The Glades Soil and Water Conservation District prohibits discrimination in its programs on the basis of race, color,
national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs and marital or familial status and abides by the Florida Commission on Ethicshttps://www.ethics.state.fl.us/
The Glades Soil and Water Conservation District prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities. The Glades Soil and Water Conservation District is an equal opportunity provider.
History of Conservation Districts-
The 1930's Dust Bowl disaster drove the United States Congress to declare soil and water conservation a national policy and priority in 1935; in order to obtain the support of landowners on a local level.
Soil and water conservation districts serve as a liason between federal government and local landowners to address conservation needs.
Conservation districts are local units of government established under state law to carry out natural resource management programs at the local level. Districts work cooperating landowners and operators to help them manage and protect land and water resources on all private lands and many public lands in the United States.
Florida- In 1937, the Florida Legislature passed Florida statutes, Chapter 582, also known as the Soil and Water Conservation Law. http://www.leg.state.fl.us/STATUTES/ Soil and Water Conservation Districts are considered Special Districts which are covered under Chapters 189 & 190
Association of Conservation Districts- (AFCD)There are 58 Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Florida, all organized
by local people for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the wise use,
management and general conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources.
National Association of Conservation Districts- The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is the nonprofit organization that represents America’s 3,000 conservation districts.
Glades Soil and Water Conservation District- In 1947 a petition was signed by Glades county landowners and sent to the State of Florida proposing the creation of a soil conservation district to serve Glades County.
To see copies of the original paperwork click here.
1947 Secretary of State Letter
1947 District Organization
1953 District Statistical Information
1085 Pratt Blvd.
Dallas Townsend Agricultural Bldg.
LaBelle, FL 33935
(863)674-5700 ext. 107
Glades Soil and Water Conservation District
•Florida produces 70 % of the annual US production of citrus.
•Florida ranks 2nd in US production of fresh vegetables and provides 80% of the fresh vegetables consumed in the US during January, February, and March each year.
•Florida ranks 4th in the southeast and 11th nationally in the production of beef calves.