The Arizona Association of Conservation Districts (AACD) was established by Arizona's Conservation Districts in 1944 as a means of support to coordinate and fund conservation efforts across the state. In 1992, AACD was recognized as a nonprofit and registered 501(c)3.
What We Do
Arizona’s Conservation Districts – made up of farmers, ranchers, and volunteers – conserve our water, soil, wildlife habitats, open spaces, and other limited natural resources. Conservation Districts are hubs of conservation at the local level, providing education, community outreach, and other essential functions in supporting conservation across the state. The AACD supports these stewards of the land, the original conservationists, the producers of our food supply.
In 1941, the Arizona Legislature charged Arizona's Conservation Districts with the statutory responsibility to provide for the conservation and restoration of lands, water, wildlife, and other natural resources, and to protect water rights, the tax base, public lands, and the general health and welfare of the people.
Conservation Districts are the only organization in Arizona – local, state, or federal – that is not restricted to working on a specific resource (e.g., water) or land ownership/usage type (e.g., federal or state land).
Hubs of Conservation
Conservation Districts are hubs of conservation at the local level, providing education, community outreach, and other essential functions in supporting conservation across the state.
They take a collaborative approach to the challenges producers and conservationists face today and seek to bring different groups together to find common ground in conserving our valuable natural resources and food supply.
Each Conservation District is run by a group of locally elected or appointed "supervisors". District Supervisors volunteer thousands of hours each year to help local agricultural producers and other landowners, or "cooperator," get conservation work on the ground.
The vision of Arizona's Conservation Districts is to join forces with interested partners and leverage resources to enhance Arizona's working landscapes for ecological and economic prosperity.