The Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District provides conservation resources to all residents of Jefferson County, Kentucky. In some cases, we partner with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Services to provide assistance. 

Our programs include:

  • Conservation Assistance
  • Financial Incentives
  • Urban Agriculture Education

Conservation Assistance

Burn Permits: Applications for open agricultural burning are available through our office. Only individuals who are actively farming need to apply.

Tree Seedling Giveaway: Order forms for more than 25 tree species are available through our office or the Kentucky Division of Forestry.

Agricultural Districts: Landowners or groups of landowners who have 250 contiguous acres may apply for the formation of an agricultural district through our office.

Agricultural Water Quality Planning: In the state of Kentucky landowners with 10 or more acres who are engaged in agriculture or silviculture operations are required to develop and implement Ag. Water Quality Plans.

Equipment Revolving Loan Program: This program allows local heavy equipment operators to obtain low interest loans for equipment that will be used for conservation purposes.

Natural Resource Speakers: Personnel are available for speaking engagements to civic groups, community organizations, schools and other public groups.

Conservation Contractors List: A list of contractors who perform excavation, trenching and installation of other conservation practices is available by contacting our office

Soil Erosion: Assistance is available to address soil erosion problems on cropland, pastureland and urban land uses.

Pond Design: Property owners can request assistance for site selection, design and construction of ponds and small lakes.

Homeowner Assistance: Homeowners can request assistance with their problems ranging from drainage to establishing vegetation.

Urban Soils: Assistance with textural analysis of soils is available to urban as well as rural land users.

Conservation Planning: Professional planners are available to assist landowners in developing alternatives for proper land use.

Farmland Preservation: Guidance and direction is provided to those seeking ways to protect prime farmland and open spaces.

Wildlife Planting: Property owners can request assistance to develop or improve wildlife habitats on their property including butterfly and other pollinator gardens.

Financial Incentives

Deer Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP): The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program for people who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat primarily on private land. Through WHIP, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service provides both technical assistance and up to 75 percent cost-share assistance to establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat. WHIP agreements between USDA-NRCS and the participant generally last from 5 to 10 years from the date the agreement is signed.

Continuous Conservation Reserves Program (CCRP): The Continuous Conservation Reserves Program (CCRP) allows landowners to enroll eligible acres into a 10 to 15 year program to help address water quality concerns. The incentives for this program include: annual rental payments, bonuses, maintenance fees and cost-share for conservation practices.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): The EQIP program provides technical, financial and educational assistance to landowners. The target audience for this program is primarily livestock producers who have natural resource concerns that can be addressed through the implementation of soil and water management practices.

The state funded cost-share program offers landowners an opportunity for assistance with soil erosion and water quality problems. More than 20 best management practices are eligible for cost-share at rate of 50 percent and above.

Kentucky State Cost-Share Program: The Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Program and the Kentucky Soil Stewardship Program were created to help agricultural operations protect the soil and water resources of Kentucky and to implement their agriculture water quality plans. The program helps landowners address existing soil erosion, water quality and other environmental problems associated with their farming or woodland operation.