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2020 Community Conservation Program

The Clinton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) would like to provide funding for conservation projects for educational purposes or resource protection through schools, organizations and educational institutions. The projects can be far ranging in ideas, but must be ones that have tangible outcomes (i.e. miles of hiking trails, native trees and shrubs installed, etc.).

Project proposals should be related to conservation and/or conservation education. Some examples could include; educational trail construction; educational signage/brochure, native wildflower plantings, wildflower gardens, installation of a rain garden, agriculture, construction/installation of habitat for wildlife or possibly the purchase of an educational model. A successful project should be fully completed (i.e. constructed, Implemented and functioning) prior to paperwork submitted for reimbursement.

If you have a project idea, opportunity or interest please call our office at 518-561-4616 ext 3 or contact Jillian Zajac jillian.zajac@ccsoil-water.com or Peter Hagar peter.hagar@ccsoil-water.com  

Click here for the Application

We have funds in hand for several projects this season. Award requests may not exceed $1,000. We look forward to working with organizations to put conservation projects into motion.

Examples of eligible projects:


• Removal of exotic and invasive plants
• Educational signage species identification in parks or along trails
• Installation of a pollinator garden
• Purchase of equipment to maintain hiking trails
• Purchase of rain barrels and compost bins
• Purchas of materials and plants to improve trails
• Purchase of a plant press for education/ herbarium
• Construction of a classroom aquaponics system
• Funding for an environmental education conference
• Construction of a portable greenhouse
• Purchase of and training on highway road maintenance equipment
• Rain Garden installation
• Equipment for agriculture best management practices
• Water quality testing equipment

If you have an idea for a project, but are not sure if it is the right fit, please call us. The District is driven to support projects that are “shovel ready” to help promote the goals of conservation in the community. The District can work with elementary and high schools, libraries, food pantries, colleges, highway departments, and youth programs. We look forward to working with your organization as well.

Annual Tree & Shrub Sale- Order Now!

SWCD TREE SALE

Annual SWCD Tree and Shrub Sale

Bare root tree and shrub seedlings/transplants can now be purchased through Cortland SWCD for conservation planting. By placing an order, you can help make Clinton County a cleaner, greener, healthier community for future generations.

Order forms must be received by Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Order early to ensure availability, as there is a limited supply.  All orders will be available for pickup in early May at the SWCD OFFICE between 8am-4:30 pm.  Arrangements must be made to pick up your order between those times.

As always, species have been selected to provide a variety of conservation uses and are adapted to Clinton County site conditions.

The program is set up to meet the needs of all county landowners, whether they own a quarter acre lot or hundreds of acres.

No-till Drill is ready to roll…get on the list!

Do you need to reseed hay fields and don’t want to plow, harrow, pick rocks, etc?  Practice No-Till by renting our Great Plains 10′ no-till drill.   To get in on the action, contact the District office to get on the list.

There is a per acre charge of $15/acre and a delivery fee of $30.00

2 Seed boxes: one for small seeds like alfalfa, clover, timothy and one for larger grasses or summer annuals like sorghum, sudangrass or millet.

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Ag Assessment Applications are due by March 1st!

If you need to have soil worksheets done for new or revised Ag Assessment applications, please contact us as soon as possible.

We will need a copy of your tax bill and a few minutes of your time to describe the property’s fields, pastures, woodland and farmstead borders.  Ag Assessment only applies to the land used in Ag production plus a portion of the farm woodlot.  However, Maple Sugar Bush does qualify for Ag Assessment.

More information and forms are available on our Ag Assessments tab.