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Bradford
Soil and Water Conservation District

About Bradford SWCD

Our Purpose

The mission of the Bradford Soil and Water Conservation District is to provide the administration of programs to conserve soil and improve water quality and quantity on private lands in Bradford County.

Staff

Registered Agent:

Paul Still
14167 SW 101st Ave
Starke, FL 32091
stillpe@aol.com
904 368-0291

Board Members

District 1

Tom Germano

2870 SE 50th St

Keystone Heights, FL

32666

 

District 2

Vacant

 

District 3

Janice Morton

1439 N Grove St

Starke, FL

32091

 

District 4

Amy Morie

24686 N Hwy 301

Lawtey, FL

32058

District 5

Paul Still

 14167 SW 101st Ave

Starke, FL  32091

p.still.bswcd@gmail.com

904 368-0291

 

What We Do

Established by the Florida Legislature, the Bradford Soil & Water Conservation District, a governmental subdivision of the State of Florida, was established October 9, 1950 under Florida Statutes 582 by local residents for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the wise use, management and general conservation of the County’s soil, water and related natural resources. The District is committed to preserving and enhancing the quality of life in Bradford County through conservation of its natural resources.

The Bradford Soil & Water Conservation District works closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) creating ways to conserve water, prevent soil erosion, and inform the public about conservation problems.

The Bradford SWCD operates under Florida Statutes 582 under the Florida Legislature.

Service Area

The Bradford Soil and Water Conservation District serves all of Bradford County in the area of the conservation and stewardship of our natural resources.

Services Provided

 

     

       

      •  Assist land owners in their efforts to secure financial assistance through Farm Bill Programs to implement conservation practices

      • Conservation education, programs and information

      • Assist growers with development of low volume irrigation systems

      • Develop and update irrigation water management plans

      • Soil surveys and historical maps

      • Local government advice and assistance

      • Youth education

      • Invasive plant control

       

      BSWCD Meetings

       

      • First Tuesday of the month at 9:00 am
      • Bradford Extension Office – 2266 N Temple Ave. Starke, FL  32091
      1. Introductions and Additions to the Agenda
      1. Approve Minutes from 4/6/21 meeting

       3. Report SRWMD RIVER grant to remove plants and sediments from parts of Lake Sampson

       4. Report on the BSWCD bank account

       5. Report on the $2,870 allocated in the Bradford County Budget for the BSWCD.

       6. Approve expenditures from the $2,870 allocation

            AFCD dues $100 hardship letter to be included

           Payment to organizations supporting youth activities at the Bradford County Fair

                      Swine                                                    $  250

                      Cattle                                                    $  250

                       Goats                                                    $  250

                        Small Animal                                     $  250

                        4H                                                           $  250

             Parts to Repair Equipment up to          $  500

              Office Supplies up to                                 $  200

       7. Report on the BSWCD equipment that was taken to the Bradford Sheriff’s Department and request to have ATV and closed utility trailer transferred to BSWCD 

       8. Report on Invasive Plant Grant Application

       9. Discuss poster and speech contest

       10. Report on litter collection equipment

       11. Discuss policy for paying mileage to Supervisors for travel for BSWCD activities.

       12.  Report on records request.

      13.  Policy for approving informational materials for the public produced by BSWCD Supervisors

      14. Supervisor concerns

       15.  Agency Reports

                   NRCS

                   Forestry

                   Extension

      Educational Programs

      The Bradford Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors a number of programs that serve the Bradford County communities. Through community support and fundraising efforts, the district is working to build the number of services we are able to offer.

      The annual Envirothon, Poster & Speech Contest and Land Judging are some of the educational programs with which we are currently involved.

      If you are interested in volunteering for any of these programs, in having a district supervisor work with you on a project or in offering your support for our work, please contact: Paul Still 904 368-0291  email p.still.bswcd@gmail.com

      Envirothon

      The Regional Envirothon is a problem-solving, natural resource education program for high school students. It is a unique outdoor competition that requires teamwork and the application of knowledge in the five areas listed below:

      • Aquatics – water ecology, water chemistry, water quality, and aquatic life.
      • Current Environmental Issues – annually selected topics such as energy sources, ground water, Gulf of Mexico environmental concerns or other current issues.
      • Forestry – tree identification, tree ecology, insects, and timber.
      • Soils – classification, formation, soil properties, profiles, and site suitability.
      • Wildlife – habitat, identification, food, disease, and management.

      Each team consists of five students. Schools can enter more than one team, but no more than six teams. The five-member teams are led by an advisor in studying prepared resource materials in the five areas including a selected current environmental issue.

      Poster Contest

      The annual National Conservation Poster Contest provides kindergarten through twelfth grade students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art. It also highlights the educational outreach efforts of conservation districts and their state conservation associations, auxiliaries and agencies. The poster contest theme follows the annual Stewardship theme. The contest is co-sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts and the NACD Auxiliary.

      Each year, the poster contest starts at the district level. Individuals and teachers with questions regarding district contests should contact their local district. To locate your local district search our state directory. District winners advance to the state level. For questions regarding state competitions, districts should contact their state association. Finally, state winners advance to the National Contest. National winners are recognized each year at the NACD Annual Meeting.

      **PLEASE NOTE: Check your state poster contest sponsoring group to determine deadline and theme topic and correct poster size. Each state coordinates their own contest. Posters must follow your state’s guidelines to be eligible for the national contest.

      Go here for more information.

      Speech Contest

      Bradford County Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors an annual speech contest, which is designed to develop leadership and stimulate interest in conserving natural resources.

       

      Land Judging

      Land Judging is an exciting 4-H and FFA contest in which Middle and High School students in observe and interpret the soil in order to make wise land use decisions.

      The skills the teens use at the contest involve principles that can be valuable in career fields like environmental and agricultural management, natural resources conservation, home building, engineering, and construction. Students can compete at the local, state, and national levels.

      The Bradford Soil & Water Conservation Districts host local middle and high school students in FFA and 4-H to test their knowledge by judging soils from four pits that are selected by a Soil Scientist with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

      In each class (Middle 4-H, High 4-H, Middle FFA, High FFA) the local county winner may compete at the state contest in that respective class.

      Top placing teams in the state contest are eligible to compete at the National Land Judging Contest held at the end of April.

      Financials

      Budget Information

       

        The District’s fiscal year runs from October 1st through September 30th annually.

       2020-2021 Budget

      (Bradford County Commission Allocation $2,870)                                                                                                                                                                                                                

      Association of Florida Conservation Districts (AFCD) Dues                    $   100        

      Annual AFDC Area 2 Meeting                                                                               $     45 

      AFCD Annual Meeting                                                                                             $   100

       

      Bradford County Fair Youth Support                                                               $1,250               

                Swine                                       $  250

                  Cattle                                       $  250

                  Goats                                       $  250

                  Small Animal                        $  250

                  4H                                              $  250

       

      Environmental Education Youth Programs                                                  $   400

                  Land Judging                           $  150

                  Poster Contest                          $  150

                  Speech Contest                         $  100

       

      Operating Expenses                                                                                               $  975

                   Parts to Repair Equipment         $  500

                  Office Supplies                                 $  200

                  Mileage                                                $  275

                                                                                                             Total                       $2,870

       

       

       

       

      To view the District’s annual financial report visit the Department of Financial Services:

       

      Get in Touch!

      Bradford Soil and Water Conservation District
      14167 SW 101st Ave
      Starke, FL 32091
      stillpe@aol.com
      904 368-0291

      Registered Agent: Paul Still

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