Soil and Water Conservation
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Dr. Cindy Ayers Elliott
September 19th meeting has been cancelled due to lack of quorum.
Our regularly scheduled meeting has been changed from September 13th to September 19th at 10:00 a.m. More Info
The Hinds County Soil and Water Conservation District works to carry out a cooperative program to conserve, improve and wisely use our land and its related natural resources for the long-term benefits for all urban and rural citizens.
What is a Conservation District?
The Hinds County Soil and Water Conservation District is a subdivision of state government that is responsible for conserving natural resources within the county. The district, along with nearly 3,000 conservation districts nationwide, provides assistance to its citizens through cooperation with federal, state and local agencies, businesses and civic organizations.
The Hinds County Soil and Water Conservation District was formed on August 15, 1940. The district's goal is to help people in the wise management of land and natural resources by offering technical assistance and information.
The conservation district governing board is comprised of local citizens who volunteer to represent farmers, landowners, educators, businesses, land users and all citizens, young and old, in the district. The board ensures a local voice in natural resource issues.
District activities include technical field assistance, urban development projects, environmental education and information programs and recognition programs to acknowledge people who practice land stewardship, along with a variety of other services.
- Advice on erosion problems
- Soils information
- Drainage problems
- Technical support on pond construction
- Fish pond management
- Farm planning
- School and civic programs (soil, water quality, conservation and others) *
- Sammy Soil educational programs for elementary students *
- Tree Planting Week (February; activities for adults and children) School programs for 3rd grade students *
- Sponsors Soil Stewardship Week
- Field days for farmers
- Poster and essay contests for students *
- Sponsoring organization for Hinds County Lady Landowner's League
- Newsletter "Conservation Notes"
- Natural Resources Field Day (Conservation Carnival) for 5th grade students *
- Wildflower Seeds
* denotes educational programs
Hinds County Soil & Water Conservation District Meetings
Hinds County Soil and Water Conservation District Board Meetings 2017 Dates
The meetings are open to the public. We meet at 10:00 in the conference room of the Hinds County Soil & Water Conservation District located at 322 New Market Drive, Jackson, MS 39209. Our phone number is 601-965-5682 ext 3. Our Board consists of 5 Commissioner's and 5 Deputy Commissioner's.
Seminars and Events
Project Earth Workshop June 7 – 9, 2016
The Hinds & Madison County Soil & Water Conservation Districts are offering the Project Earth Workshop for Educators. The workshop is scheduled for June 7-9, 2016 and offers 2.5 CEU's. The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Please check back for a flyer and registration form. For more information please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (601) 965-5682 extension 180.
The District is conducting a Pre-tree sale again this year. We are offering for purchase bare-root seedlings of fruit trees and landscaping trees to persons with active district memberships. The trees are available for pre-purchase meaning we will take your order and payment before the order is placed with our vendors. This is a members only benefit!
For anyone who does not have a district membership, our membership drive is conducted throughout the year. Standard membership rates are: Individual $15, Patron $50, Supporting $100. For additional information please review the attached flyer or call the office. Thank you for your patronage.
Annual Tree Sale
SATURDAY, FEB. 11th, 2017 8:00 A.M. UNTIL NOON
Citizens can choose from the following varieties: dogwood, crepe myrtle, redbud, crabapple, bald cypress, green ash, tulip poplar, sawtooth oak, persimmon and loblolly pines.
Annual Poster and Essay Contest
Poster & Essay Contest Forms
Poster Contest- 3rd - 12th grades
Essay Contest- 7th -12th grades
Deadline is Friday, December 9th, 2016
Hinds County Plat Directories Available
Hinds County plat directories, which show land ownership and parcel numbers, are available through the Hinds County Soil and Water Conservation District for $35.00 each. Each plat book contains information on landowner names, parcel numbers, acreage, township/range/section, index of owners, road maps, city limits, incorporated areas and other information. Come by the Hinds County Conservation District Office (322 New Market Drive, off of Hwy 18 in Jackson) to pick up a copy.