Staff:

Lynn Whitehurst, District Technician     Email

Cathy Barber, District Coordinator   Email

Ruben Torres, Distict Conservationist   Email

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is a Soil and Water Conservation District?

A: Districts are a grass-root partnership charged with natural resource conservation in Martin County. Districts are part of a soil and water conservation movement born in the 1930s. The Martin County District is governed by five supervisors that sit on the District Board. Supervisors and staff meet monthly to make decisions that impact the conservation priorities and activities in the County.

Q: Who are the Soil and Water Conservation District Board?

A: The board consists of three publicly elected and two members appointed by the NC Soil Coastal and Water Commission. Currently, the Board consists of:

  • Richard D. Cannon (Chairman)
  • Rupert W. Hasty, Jr. (Vice Chairman)
  • Joseph C. Leggett (Secretary)
  • Steven C. Lilley, Jr. (Member)
  • Corris J. Jenkins III (Member)


Q: What is the District Mission?

A:  Promote conservation and improvement of the soil, water, wildlife, forest and other natural resources within Martin County. The District works in conjunction with its partners to provide a comprehensive conservation program for Martin County. Partners include: Martin County, North Carolina Department of Agriculture, Division of Soil and Water, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS), Farm Service Agency, NC Cooperative Extension Service, and NC Forest Service.

 

Q: What does the District have to offer?

A: The District implements both state and federal programs to assist in installing best management practices and conservation planning with the goal of protecting our natural resources. The staff assists farmers, homeowners, businesses, municipalities, and industry. The Martin Soil & Water Conservation District also offers environmental education programs and resources to public, private, and home schools as well as to civic groups and organizations. Contact us to find out more about the programs and services we offer.

Conservation Planning & Technical Assistance:

Call us to schedule an appointment to visit with you on your property. We can assist with long term strategies to protect and preserve your natural resources.

Examples of technical cost share practices include but are not limited to vegetated field borders, grassed waterways, irrigation systems, conservation tillage, cropland conversion, poultry (incinerators, composters, litter storage), other livestock practices, water control structures, and more.
 

 

View of a grassed waterway constructed through NC Ag Cost Share Program

 

Once you have a plan, you may be eligible for our voluntary cost-sharing programs, some of which include:


N.C. Agriculture Cost Share Program—Financial and technical assistance for Best
Management Practices (BMPs) on agricultural land.

Community Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP)—Installation of BMPs on non-agricultural (urban, suburban, rural) lands. Eligible landowners essentially are all private and public owned lands like homeowners, schools, churches and community groups.

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)—Technical guidance and annual rental payments during contract terms for cropland conversion to conservation-oriented land.
 

 

Cropland Conversion to trees through the
EQIP Program

 


Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)—Financial and technical assistance for implementation of structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land, forest land, and pastureland and confined animals.

Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP)—Technical planning and financial assistance to install beneficial wildlife practices on your land.

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)—Financial assistance to conservation-minded landowners interested in enhancing their existing management practices.


District Event & Youth Education 
   

Students observing wildlife pelts

 

Environmental Field Day—The District sponsors a hands on lesson for Martin County 4th Graders. Students are provided an outdoor experience to appreciate and preserve our natural resources.

Poster winners showing off their art work

 

Poster Contest—The District sponsors and judges a poster contest for Martin County 4th and 5th graders. Winners are eligible to compete at an area level competition.

 

Coastal Envirothon photo session

 

Coastal Envirothon—The Coastal Area of Conservation Districts hosts a natural science academic event challenging students to think critically about their role and the world in which they live. The Envirothon is open to all middle and high school teams. Teams that score high enough may enter state and national competitions.

Martin Soil & Water
Conservation District
104A Kehukee Park Road
Williamston, NC  27892

Phone: 252-792-4350 (ext.3)
Fax: 252-792-7871

Office Hours: 8 AM - 5 PM
Monday - Friday