Our mission is to work with the citizens of Sebastian County to conserve our natural resources - soil, water, forest, wildlife - through partnerships with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission. We assist Sebastian County landowners to implement voluntary conservation practices on farms and in urban or backyard environments.
Founded in 1945, the district has been working to help Sebastian County landowners implement the newest, scientifically founded conservation practices to improve the sustainability and profitability of farming operations and land management systems.
Who We Are
The Sebastian County Conservation District is managed by a Board of Directors who by law must be landowners in the county. Three directors are elected by the public, and two are appointed by the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission.
The district currently employs a Water Quality Technician, a Soil Technician, and a Conservation Technical Assistant to perform its conservation and education activities.
Board of Directors:
Shawn Efurd, Board Chairman
Douglas Ellison, Vice Chairman
Conaly Bedell, Budget Chairman
Jamie Patterson, Secretary
Dr. James Burgess, Director
Harrison Sears, Water Quality Technician
Karen Brazzeal, Marketing Director
Jeremy Prater, Urban Agriculture Coordinator
William Baggett, Conservation Technical Assistant
Bobby McCartney, District Secretary
Conservation Districts were established across the U.S. in reaction to one of this country's greatest environmental tragedies, the Dust Bowl. Conservation Districts helped farmers and ranchers implement practices that would minimize soil erosion and improve water conservation. Since each county faced unique challenges, having local input was critical to the success of the nation's fight against widespread soil erosion, and this local approach continues to be critical today. Conservation Districts have grown since then to promote a wide range of conservation practices in an ever-changing landscape.