Hendry County
Soil and Water Conservation District

Pictured above is the NRCS/Hendry SWCD LaBelle Service Center

About Hendry SWCD

Our Purpose

The mission of the Hendry 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 Hendry County.


Noreen Berden, Program Manager 
(863) 674-5700​ ext.3237

Roy Curry, Conservation Technician



Email us here:

  • noreen.berden@hendryfla.net
  • roy.curry@fdacs.gov




Board Members

Lisa Cleghorn, Chairman

Bruce Hendry, Vice Chairman

Mabry McCray, Supervisor

Davy Conly, Supervisor

Ariel Avila, Supervisor


  • cleghorn.hswcd@gmail.com
  • hendry.hswcd@gmail.com
  •  mccray.hswcd@gmail.com
  • conly.hswcd@gmail.com
  • avila.hswcd@gmail.com










What We Do

Established by the Florida Legislature, the Hendry 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 Hendry County through conservation of its natural resources.

The Hendry 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, convert irrigation systems and inform the public about conservation problems.

A Code of Ethics has been adopted by the district.  For Code of Ethics Information. View Code of Ethics Here.

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


Service Area

The Hendry Soil and Water Conservation District serves all of Hendry 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

Educational Programs

The Hendry Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors a number of programs that serve the Hendry County communities.

The annual Envirothon, Poster  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:

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.
  • 2016 Topic is Invasive Species
  • 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, which for 2016 is “Invasive Species, a Challenge to the Environment, Economy and Society.”

Schools can enter more than one team, but no more than six teams. During the competition, the students will rotate to the five testing stations.The Regional Envirothon is sponsored by the Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Soil and Water Conservation Districts, bringing together soil scientists, wildlife experts, foresters, park and recreational leaders, and other environmental specialists to challenge students to learn about our natural resources.

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.


Budget Information

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

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

Get in Touch!

Hendry SWCD

Noreen Berden
1085 Pratt Blvd.
Dallas Townsend Agricultural Bldg.​
LaBelle, FL 33935​
(863) 674-5700​ ext. 3237