|Madison County Soil & Water
Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District is committed to provide services to
enhance and conserve the natural resources through Education, planning and implementation.
Working in cooperation with Federal, State and local agencies to meet the needs of natural
resource conservation, management and development.
We hope you will use our website to discover some valuable and useful information in the
area of conservation in Madison County.
|"Providing today, protecting tomorrow"
6503 Wes Road
Hours M-F 8-4:30
|Doug Trush of Nelson, N.Y. and his dog
“Captain” getting ready to plant more
trees on their 400 acre farm.
|Planting a Generation of Smiles
By Troy Bishopp
It’s been over two decades since John Denver sang these famous words for the
National Arbor Day Foundation: “ Plant a tree for your tomorrow. It's
your tree that clears the air. Plant a tree, trees for America. Plant a tree
today for all the world to share. Taste the breeze, it's life inside you. Make a
promise to the Earth. Plant a tree, now is the time to. Recognize a tree for
all that it is worth.”
The 2013 Tree & Shrub Sale is underway
Click here for your order form
|Larry Gushea of Oneida, N.Y. with
Grandsons, Hunter(left) and Cody(right)
|Conservation District Thanks Supporters
Hamilton, N.Y.---When it comes to getting local conservation on the ground, it takes a team effort to plan and implement
economically viable water quality, soil health and natural resource enhancement projects and initiatives. To honor the coalition of
farmers, contractors, town supervisors, Agri-business companies, engineering support, state and federal conservation partners
and funding organizations the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District held its 4th annual appreciation luncheon at
the White Eagle Conference Center featuring local foods and meat from Empire Buffalo Farm in Chittenango Falls and
Sunnybrook Farms in Deansboro.
The Conservation District staff with their agricultural roots work on a variety of projects from assisting farmers with
conservation planning through the NYS Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) program; surveying and designing water
quality best management practices; overseeing construction projects; planting cover crops and trees; installing stream buffers;
teaching grazing management; developing nutrient management plans; delineating watersheds for culvert sizing; securing permits
and supporting educational training opportunities to name just a few in a robust work schedule.
According to District Board Chairman, Doug Holdridge, “The overwhelming benefit to the county is for every dollar invested in
the local district by county taxpayers it yields over twenty-one dollars back into the agricultural community by matching outside
funding sources, contributing work and materials to the economy and staff time on projects. In the last 5 years alone, the district
has secured over 5 million dollars from state and federal sources complimenting local funds for local projects.”
The capacity crowd of guests were treated to a relaxing meal and slideshow of work performed in 2012. District Manager
Steve Lorraine praised the group, “This is a way for us to give back, celebrate the season and say thank you for all your hard
work and support to water quality initiatives.” Shawn Payne of Payne Construction LLC in Earlville, N.Y. said, “We enjoy
working with the district and staff to make improvements in our own watershed. It’s important for our agricultural neighbors
and the community as a whole.”
To learn more about the work Madison Co. SWCD does for the community, contact the district at (315) 824-9849 or at www.