Thank you for checking out the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts (IASCD) new blog! The IASCD Board of Directors hopes this will become an innovative way for individual districts, farmers, legislators, and other interested parties to communicate. Each week, we’ll post relevant and interesting news articles on agriculture, farm conservation efforts, and state and federal legislation. Also, keep an eye out for new grant announcements, on-the-ground projects happening in our districts, or fun posts on the best native plants for your garden. You can subscribe to the blog by clicking the button on the right, or by emailing Bret Rumbeck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The creation of conservation districts in our nation can be traced back to the Dust Bowl Era of the 1930s. Years of sustained drought, intensive farming without erosion reducing techniques, and dust storms simply added to the nation’s social and economic perils. The US Department of Agriculture felt that effective conservation needed to be created and managed locally. In May 1936, a model law was crafted to serve as a guide for states to create conservation districts.
Idaho passed their soil conservation district law, Senate Bill 36, on March 1, 1939, and was signed into law by Governor C.A. Bottolfsen on March 9, 1939. The first conservation districts in Idaho were formed in 1940, and included Latah, Bear Lake, Portneuf, Squaw Creek, and Mayfield (which later became Elmore). There were 22 conservation districts by 1947, 48 by 1957, and the districts reached a high of 55 by 1962. Today, the 50 conservation districts are the primary entities to provide assistance to private landowners and land users in the conservation, sustainment, improvement, and enhancement of Idaho’s natural resources.