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South Carolina NRCS Partnerships

The South Carolina Conservation Partnership is the dynamic relationship between federal, state, and nonprofit groups that have pledged to jointly provide national conservation leadership.

The Partnership was formalized in January 1993 when three conservation leaders signed a national agreement, pledging to work together for natural resource conservation. A fourth partner was added in 1997.

Independently, Partnership members have separate responsibilities for sustaining the environment and conserving the nation's natural resources. As partners in conservation, they speak with a unified voice and act to realize a common vision: A productive nation in harmony with a quality environment.

The South Carolina Conservation Partnership commitment involves:

  • Listening and responding to customers' local resource conservation needs;
  • Fostering economically viable environmental policies;
  • Advocating a total natural resources approach to conservation;
  • Maintaining and advocating grass roots conservation delivery systems.

Our Partners

Conservation districts
Local communities
State and federal agencies
NRCS Earth Team volunteers
Agricultural and environmental groups
  Professional societies
RC&D councils
Conservation organizations

Partnership Members

The South Carolina USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the federal agency that works hand-in-hand with the people of South Carolina to conserve natural resources on private lands. Formerly the Soil Conservation Service, NRCS brings over 70 years of scientific and technical expertise to the Partnership.

The State Technical Committee is a partnership committee that advises the NRCS State Conservationist on the technical guidelines necessary to implement the conservation provisions of the 2002 Farm Bill. Committee membership includes representatives from federal and state conservation agencies, agricultural producers, nonprofit organizations and agribusiness.

The South Carolina State Outreach Council, chaired by the NRCS State Conservationist, was formed to gather information about the program and outreach needs of different customer groups, especially under-served groups including women, minorities, and limited resource clients.

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is the national organization for 3,000 local conservation districts across the country. Conservation districts are local units of government responsible for the soil and water conservation work within their boundaries. The districts' role is to increase voluntary conservation practices among farmers, ranchers and other land users.

The National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA) is a coalition of state conservation agencies across the country. These agencies provide guidance and funding for conservation districts. They operate numerous state environmental, sediment control, and soil erosion prevention programs.

The National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils (NARC&DC) provides a collective voice for more than 300 local Resource Conservation and Development Councils nationwide. The NARC&DC serves as an advocate and assists local councils to identify and take action on issues and opportunities to improve the quality of life and environment in their communities. Local RC&D Councils are grass-roots community leaders working collectively on behalf of conservation and sustainable development.

Our Customers

  • Farmers and Ranchers
  • Other land decision makers
  • Other Federal agencies
  • Local and State governments
  • International governments
  • Resource Conservation and Development councils
  • Rural and urban communities
  • Water management groups
  • Other individuals, groups, and associations
  • And ultimately, every water user and food consumer in the Nation