(352) 414-7808 Ann.Bishop@fl.nacdnet.net

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Announcements

Meetings are held monthly at 9:30 AM in the Ocala, USDA Service Center’s conference room.

  • Regular Board Meetings – 2nd Tuesday
  • Workshops – 4th Tuesday

 

Marion Soil & Water Conservation District

Our Purpose

The mission of the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District is to provide the administration of programs to conserve soil and improve water quality and quantity on private lands in Marion County.

Staff

Contact: Ann Bishop
Email: Ann.Bishop@fl.nacdnet.net
Phone:(352) 414-7808
2441 NE 3rd Street, Suite 204-2
Ocala, FL 34470

Board Members

Board of Supervisors

  • Seat One  – Chairman Justin Albright
  • Seat Two – Treasurer Thomas Cartwright  
  • Seat Three –  Supervisor Vacancy
  • Seat Four – Vice Chairman Richard McGinley
  • Seat Five – Secretary Vivi Serena
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Board Meetings 

  • Regular – 2nd Tuesday of Every Month at 9:30 am
  • Workshops  – 4th Tuesday of Every Month at 9:30 am
  • Check updates on home page for any cancellations
 

What We Do

 

Established by the Florida Legislature, the Marion Soil & Water Conservation District, a governmental subdivision of the State of Florida, was established October 9, 1950 under Florida Statutes 582 by local residents for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the wise use, management and general conservation of the County’s soil, water and related natural resources. The District is committed to preserving and enhancing the quality of life in Marion County through conservation of its natural resources.

The Marion Soil & Water Conservation District works closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) creating ways to conserve water, prevent soil erosion, convert irrigation systems and inform the public about conservation problems.

 

A Code of Ethics has been adopted by the district.  For Code of Ethics Information. View Code of Ethics Here.

 

The Marion SWCD operates under Florida Statutes 582 under the Florida Legislature.

Charter/Creation

Service Area

There are 58 Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Florida, all organized by local constituents for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the wise use, management and general conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources.

An elected five-member, non-partisan board of supervisors, who volunteer their services, manages each soil and water conservation district. Florida has 290 supervisors.

Soil and Water Conservation Districts are non-taxing and are supported by maintaining relationships and partnership with other government agencies.

 

Services Provided

  • Assist land owners in their efforts to secure financial assistance through Farm Bill Programs to implement conservation practices

  • Conservation education, programs and information

  • Assist growers with development of low volume irrigation systems

  • Develop and update irrigation water management plans

  • Soil surveys and historical maps

  • Local government advice and assistance

  • Youth education

  • Invasive plant control

 

Educational Programs

The Marion Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors a number of programs that serve the Marion County communities. Through community support and fundraising efforts, the district is working to build the number of services we are able to offer.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these programs, in having a district supervisor work with you on a project or in offering your support for our work, please contact us.

Go here to see Upcoming Contests & Events

Financials

Budget Information

 

The District’s fiscal year runs from October 1st through September 30th annually.

To view the District’s annual financial report visit the Department of Financial Services:

  • FY-17-Budget
  • FY-18-Budget
  • FY-19-Proposed Budget

Get in Touch!

Contact name: Ann Bishop
Phone: (352) 414-7808
2441 NE 3rd Street, Suite 204-2
Ocala, FL 34470

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