Conservation Efforts

1935 Public Law 46 passes Congress by unanimous vote. Soil and water conservation and wise land use declared a national policy.
1937 President Franklin D. Roosevelt provided states with model legislation to create conservation districts.
1941 March 17, Arizona Soil Conservation District Enabling Act became effective. Only crop land was included. A State Soil Conservation Committee was established consisting of the Governor, the Water Commissioner, the Arizona State Land Commissioner, and the Director of the Agriculture Extension Service.
1944
First meeting of the Arizona Association of Conservation Districts (AACD) held in December.
1945
The State Soil Conservation Committee was abolished and administration was transferred to the Arizona State Land Commissioner. H. Lynn Anderson was appointed Administrative Officer for the Division of Soil Conservation at the Arizona State Land Department (ASLD). 27 districts were in existence.
1946 The National Association of Conservation Districts was formed.
1950 The Wayne Kessler appointed as the Soil Conservation Administrative Officer. The job title changed several times. During his tenure Wayne also continued serving the Arizona Association of Conservation Districts, first as Secretary and then as Program Director.
1954 Rangeland was added to the districts. There were 46 districts in AZ.
1968
Statutes revised to provide for adjustment of district boundaries, name changes, and broadened authority. Consolidation results in 32 districts, from 52.
1972
First state funding approved for the districts – $3000 per year, per district.
1972
Name changed to Natural Resource Conservation Districts (NRCD).
1974
Wayne Kessler retired from state government, was elected to the Agua Fria NRCD Board, and as Vice-President of the AACD Executive Board.
1975
Bob Yount was named NRCD Administrator.
1982 State funding increased to $5000 per year, per district.
1984
Bill Dowdle was named as NRCD Administrator.
1986
Funding increased to $10,000 per year, per district.
1991
Bill Warskow accepted the appointment to serve as NRCD Administrator and AACD hired their first paid Executive Director.
1995
State funding increased to $15,000 per year, per district, and each education center was authorized for $30,000 per year.
2001
Jody Latimer, former NRCD Supervisor and AACD Executive Board member, is named as NRCD Administrator.
2007
Douglas Witte, former ASLD Area Range Resource Manager, is named as NRCD Program Manager.
2012
Amber Morin was named NRCD Manager.
2012
Grand Opening of Desert Willow!