Soil & Water Conservation

Burke Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting applications from both agricultural and urban land users in Burke County for the North Carolina Agricultural Cost Share Program and the Community Conservation Assistance Program. These programs are intended to assist land users with technical and financial assistance to install Best Management Practices (BMPs) which are designed to address water quality and soil erosion problems.

Please call the Burke Soil and Water Conservation District for more information at 828-439-9727, ext. 3.

Soil & Water - Yours for Life!

Soil and Water Conservation Districts are subdivisions of State Government. There are 96 Districts in North Carolina, covering the state’s 100 counties. Districts promote the wise use and management of our natural resources - soil, water, air, plants and animals. The Burke Soil and Water Conservation District’s objectives are secured largely through voluntary cooperation of landowners.


The District works closely with the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA, NRCS) and the Division of Soil and Water Conservation - Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). NRCS provides soil conservation specialists to help landowners and land-users. The Division provides financial, technical and administrative support to the District.

Educational Materials

The District provides educational services for schools, civic groups and many other organizations. If you have questions please contact us at: 828-439-9727 ext. 3.


The District is Governed by a five member Board which consists of two members appointed by the State Soil and Water Conservation Commission and three members which are elected by the citizens of Burke County, to a four-year staggered term on a non-partisan basis. Board meetings are open to the public and are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at the Agricultural Building.