Helping Protect the Natural Resources of Wake County, NC

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75 years of Conservation

Soil and Water Conservation takes front page news in this months Agriculture Review.  Check it out on line:

and, Commissioner Troxler sits down with the Southern Farm Network to talk about 75 years of Conservation.  It is a great recorded interview that is just 3 1/2 minutes long.

cool NC fact:  The work of Anson County native Hugh Hammond Bennett led to the formation of the federal government’s Soil Erosion Service in 1933.

46 Annual Conservation Awards Banquet

On December 8, 2011, the Friends of Wake SWCD and the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District presented the 46th Annual Conservation Awards.

  • Environmental Stewardship Award: John Ann Shearer
  • Dan Wilkinson WRAL Conservation Communication Award: Stephen A Whitfield / NCWoodlands
  • Conservation Poster Winners: Top Ten Students
  • Community Conservation Partnership Award: Falcon Engineering
  • Envirothon Mentor of the Year Award: Dr. John Meyer
  • Big Sweep Excellence Award: Wake County Parks and Open Space
  • Conservation Farm Family Award: Danny Glenn Perry and Larry Perry
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: John Y. Phelps, Jr.
  • Friend of the District Award: Dr. B.C. Raynor, DDS

Congratulations and Thank You to all our winners for their work in conservation in Wake County.

If you would like to help sponsor the Annual Conservation Awards please contact us at:

To support the work of the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District, please consider joining the Friends by clicking here.

2011 banquet program

Sir Walter Raleigh Award

The AB Combs Elementary School rain garden was recognized with a 2011 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance, Raleigh’s annual celebration of the best in community design and conservation.  The award is shared among its many partners, including Wake SWCD Staff, as well as  District Conservation Award recipients John Ann Shearer and Falcon Engineering.


The Soil and Water Conservation Department will receive the 2011 Earth Team
Award, from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation
Service (NRCS), during the N.C. Association of Soil and Water Conservation
Districts’ annual meeting, January 8-10, 2012, in Greensboro. The award
recognizes the best volunteer programs in NRCS offices nationwide.

Receiving more volunteer hours than any other conservation district in the
state, Wake Soil and Water Conservation engaged skilled volunteers to
assist with technical and administrative duties throughout the year. This
volunteer support helped the department, as an interim measure, meet the
increasing demand from residents for agricultural and natural resources
conservation services.  Staff Contact: Dale Threatt-Taylor, Soil and Water
Conservation Department, 919-250-1068