Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District
2741 Penn. Avenue
Suite 7
Marianna, FL 32448

PH:   (850) 633-6443
FAX:   (850) 482-7952

The 1930's Dust Bowl disaster spurred the U.S. Congress to declare soil and water conservation a national policy and priority in 1935. To elicit the active support of land owners on a local level, soil and water conservation districts serving conservation needs at a county level were created to work in partnership with the federal government. Today there are approximately 3000 conservation districts nationwide involved in efforts as varied as their conservation needs and the local citizenry that they serve.

The governing body of a soil and water conservation district consists of five elected supervisors. The office of a soil and water conservation district supervisor is nonpartisan and district wide. Candidates are elected in a general election to a 4-year term. Vacancies are filled by appointment by the remaining supervisors until the next general election. Supervisors receive no monetary compensation for their services.

The Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District was established effective July 20, 1987 as an independent special district in accordance with the provisions of the Soil and Water Conservation Law, Chapter 582, Florida Statutes, originally enacted by the Florida Legislature in 1937. This action was taken by the Florida Department of Agriculture, in concert with the Florida Department of State. The District received it's charter in 1988. The Jackson Soil & Water Conservation District operates as a governmental subdivision of the State as evidenced by its certificate of due organization on file with the United States Department of Agriculture.

The Jackson Soil & Water Conservation District was organized for the purpose of providing procedures for assisting landowners with agricultural issues related to the conservation of natural resources. As a subdivision of State Government, we have the ability to seek, utilize and coordinate financial and technical assistance from all available sources, be they local, state or federal, so that all people will have a better environment in which to live. It is our goal to identify present and future needs for the conservation protection and development of natural resources within Jackson County. We are prepared to exercise, within our boundaries, public powers as authorized by law, as amended and supplemented.

It is our hope that Jackson County becomes a strong "Conservation Community", a group of informed citizens and agencies who work together to protect our natural resource base by providing education and information about critical local natural resource issues. It is a pleasure and an honor to serve you and to help raise conservation awareness within Jackson County, Florida.

For information regarding any of our services and/or funding opportunities, please contact Lola Allard @ (850) 526-2610 ext 101 or (850) 718-6357.

Anyone wishing to have a "LINK" or contact information placed on our website, please contact Lola at (850) 633-6443.

***Jackson County Board of County Commissioners (Jackson County, Florida) - Jackson County BOCC

***Florida Conservation District Employees Association - FCDEA

***Association of Florida Conservation Districts - AFCD

***National Association of Conservation Districts - NACD

***Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services/Office of Agricultural Water Policy - FDACS / OAWP

***United States Department of Agriculture / Natural Resources Conservation Service - USDA / NRCS

Florida website

***Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences / University of Florida Extension - IFAS / UofF
Jackson County, Florida IFAS Extension Office

***Northwest Florida Water Management District - NWFWMD

The Water Management District's cost-share program is focused on the Jackson Blue Spring BMAP area but is fairly robust within that area. All information (map, brochure, application, etc.) is available at:

Or you may contact:
Northwest Florida Water Management District
Angela Chelette
(850) 539-2650/ FAX (850) 539-2777

​Revenue and Financial Information

The Jackson Soil & Water Conservation District does not collect or impose taxes, fees, or any charges for services rendered. We are a Non Profit Organization.  

FISCAL YEAR:  October 1 to September 30
Tentative Budget FY 2015 / 2016 (Final Adopted Budget Requested)

Click  http://www.jacksoncountyfl.net/images/stories/Docs/budget/tentative%20FY16-17%20Budget.pdf  to view the JSWCD's working budget for the current fiscal year. Scroll through the Jackson County BCC Budget. 

To view the special district's Annual Financial Report (required by Section 218.32 (1) (g), Florida Statutes):

To view the Special District's Audit Report for the most "recent" fiscal year, please visit:

The next general meeting of the Jackson Soil & Water Conservation District:




May 17, 2017

10:00 a.m.

University of Florida IFAS Jackson Co. Extension Meeting Room B

If you plan to attend our meeting and/or have an item(s) that you would like placed on the Agenda, please contact:

Lola Allard
(850) 718-6357


Date:            February 13, 2017

Place:            University of Florida IFAS Extension Room B


Quorum Present:    YES

Board Members Present:

B.E. Davis, Jr.    -Supervisor Seat 5 / Chairman

Mack Glass        -Supervisor Seat 1

Tom Stadsklev   -Supervisor Seat 3 / Treasurer

Greg Hall            -Supervisor Seat 2

Steve Basford    -Supervisor Seat 4

Others Present:

Lola Allard (Jackson SWCD), Tom Batey (JSWCD/OAWP), Mark Miles (JSWCD/MIL), Daniel Stanley (FDACS), Ethan Carter (Jackson Co. IFAS Ext.), Doug Mayo (Jackson Co. IFAS Ext.)


  • The meeting of the Jackson SWCD was called to order.

  • Minutes of the October 18, 2016 meeting - reviewed by the Board and approved as submitted.

  • Finance Report - reviewed by the Board and approved as submitted.

  • Projects:
    • FDACS Mobile Irrigation Lab - Mark Miles gave a brief summary of services provided to producers in Area 1 along with the MIL expected deliverables and progress.
    • FDACS OAWP Technician - Tom Batey gave a report on his activity with regard to the TECHNICIAN contract with FDACS and the Jackson SWCD.
    • FDACS Contracts - Daniel Stanley updated the Supervisors on Contract obligations and goals. 

  • Ethan Carter presented a request for support/endorsement and a potential monetary donation to assist with projected goals and the cost of meals for several upcoming “crop” meetings. The requested amount is $500.00 but “anything that the Board would approve will be greatly appreciated”. Supervisor Tom Stadsklev made a motion to approve $500.00 be awarded for this endeavor. Supervisor Mack Glass seconded motion and motion carried.

  • Doug Mayo discussed UofF IFAS Extension Office events and goings on.

  • A request for membership from the National Association of Conservation Districts was presented to the Board for approval. Supervisor Steve Basford made a motion to approve the $100.00 level membership with NACD. Greg Hall seconded and motion carried.

  • Action Items:
    • Direct Deposit for MIL payroll
    • Florida Retirement for MIL technicians
    • Shirts/Hats/Jackets with Jackson SWCD logo
    • Records request from Darren Council (Edge Point)
    • By Laws for Jackson SWCD

  • With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned.