Partners in Conservation

Board members need to understand the roles and function of the core conservation partners and programs.

Utah Association of Conservation Districts

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UACD is the state voice for Utah's conservation districts and represents their interests with state and federal agencies in Utah, the Utah Legislature, etc. Its principal purpose is to educate and support the work of 38 member districts and their staff. The state of Utah contracts with UACD to provide staff support to conservation districts including zone coordinators, secretarial, conservation planners, an engineer, and education specialists. Many of these employees are co-located with federal NRCS at their field offices throughout Utah. UACD is a Utah nonprofit corporation with IRS 501(c)(3) status.

Visit the UACD website for more info.

National Association of Conservation Districts

nacd-logoNACD is America's voice for natural resource conservation. Formed in 1946 NACD represents the interests of 3,000 conservation districts in all 50 states and U.S. territories at the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, etc. The NACD is supported by member dues with a principal office in Washington D.C.

Visit the NACD website for more info.

Utah Conservation Commission (UCC)

BlackhamThe UCC was created in 1937 with responsibility for development and protection of Utah's soil, water, air, and related natural resources (Utah Code Title 4, Chapter 18). It oversees and supports the work of Utah's conservation districts and their 190 elected officials. It is within the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food and the Commissioner of Agriculture is the Chair. Members are one conservation district supervisor from each of seven zones, appointed by the governor, and by statue the president of the UACD, directors or their designees of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Utah Department of Natural Resources, Utah State University Extension, Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, Utah Grazing Improvement Program, and Utah Weed Supervisor's Association.

Utah Department of Agriculture and Food


Utah Department of Ag houses the Utah conservation Commission (UCC), provides funding to UACD and the conservation districts, assists with technical elements of approved programs, and administers many assistance programs for farmers, ranchers and other private land owners.

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is made up of nine divisions. In the Division of Conservation and Resource Management is staff to the UCC, the Agriculture Resource Development Loan (ARDL) Program, Basin States Salinity Control Program, and Environmental Quality. The Division of Grazing Improvement staff field-level coordinators that assist grazers and the Division of Plant Industries' weed coordinator works closely with county weed supervisors and the Utah State Weed Committee. The Utah Legislature appropriates funding for Resource Conservation within the Department's budget that is passed through to UACD and the conservation districts for field-level technical staff and related programs.

Visit the UDAF website for more info on the Utah Conservation Commission.

Utah Partners for Conservation and Development



The Utah Conservation Partnership or Utah PCD is a state-level partnership of natural resource oriented agencies and organizations. The purpose is to maintain communication and cooperation at the director-level needed to leverage resources and increase effectiveness. Core values that have been the basis of cooperation are protecting Utah's biological diversity (wildlife and vegetation), improving water quality and water quantity (yield) for municipal, agricultural and natural resource uses, promoting sustainable agriculture through working, productive farms and ranches, and improving outdoor recreation opportunity, access, delivery, and quality.


  • Utah Association of Conservation Districts
  • Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
  • USU Cooperative Extension Service
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Utah Department of Environmental Quality
  • Utah Department of Natural Resources
  • Utah State and Institutional Trust lands Administration
  • USDA Farm Services Agency
  • USU College of Natural Resources
  • Utah State Historic and Preservation Office
  • USDI Bureau of Land Management
  • USDA Agriculture Research Service
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • USDI Bureau of Reclamation
  • USDI National Park Service
  • Utah Governor's Energy Office
  • USDA Forest Service

Visit the UPCD website for more info.

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Mission: To help people implement local solutions that sustain and improve Utah's natural resources through partnerships, planning, and programs.

NRCS provides assistance to land users, communities, units of state and local government, and other Federal agencies in planning and implementing conservation systems.

The purpose is to reduce erosion, improve soil and water quality, improve and conserve wetlands, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, improve air quality, improve pasture and range condition, reduce upstream flooding and improve woodlands.

Provides technical assistance through staff, standards, and specs, technical training, etc.

Visit the NRCS website for more info.

Utah State University Cooperative Extension


Provides local resources and expertise to assist conservation districts.

Co-sponsors some local programs.

Provides conservation education assistance and training.

Visit the USU Extension website for more info.

Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

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UDEQ mission is to:

  • Safeguard public health and quality of life by protecting and enhancing the environment
  • Implement state and federal environmental laws and work with individuals, community groups, and businesses to protect the quality of air, land and water
  • Provide assistance for programs adopted by the UCC

Visit the UDEQ website for more info.

Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

DNR mission: to sustain and enhance the Utah quality of life today and tomorrow through the coordinated and balanced stewardship of natural resources.

Visit the DNR website for more info.

Conservation Partnerships

  • Farm Bureau
  • The Trust for Public Land
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • US Fish & Wildlife Service