Conservation Districts

Natural Resource Conservation District’s


The Arizona Association of Conservation Districts is managed by a Board of Directors comprised up of one appointed Supervisor from each of the 42 state or tribal authorized Conservation Districts in Arizona.  An Executive Committee manages the day to day operations of the Association.
The Conservation Districts are managed by a Board of Supervisors, made up of elected and appointed Supervisors who have recognized expertise in the fields of land, soil, water and natural resources management. These 265 local District Supervisors in Arizona provide invaluable local knowledge and expertise about the management of land and resources within their District

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Arizona Non-Federal Land (Privately owned lands, tribal and trust lands, State and local government)

Cropland:        753,400 acres

Rangeland:     32,497,000 arces

Forest Land:   4,094,800 acres

Pastureland:   90,800 acres

Water Area:    404,000 acres

What is a Conservation District in Arizona?

  •  Organized and operated under the provisions of ARS Title 37, Chapter 6
  •  Managed by a Board of Supervisors elected by local landowners
  •  A local government body authorized to identify and address the resource conservation needs of the District
  •  The local experts for voluntary conservation planning, prioritization, education, and technical assistance
  •  Conservation partner to all landowners-Private, State and Local Governments, Tribal, Federal, and Non-Profits
  • Covering every acre of Arizona

National Facts

  •  About 71% of the contiguous 48 states is non-Federal rural land (1.4 billion acres), and predominantly rangeland, forest land, and cropland.
  •  Nationally, soil erosion on cropland decreased by 43% between 1982 and 2007
  • 14 million acres of prime farm land in the U.S. has been lost to development since 1982.
  • About 40 million acres of land was newly developed between 1982 and 2007. More than one-third of all land that has ever been developed in the lower 48 states was developed during the last quarter century.