Tribal Conservation Districts

Tribal conservation districts combine local and traditional knowledge with technical resources to actively manage natural resources in a defined area. The goal of tribal conservation districts is to set local priorities for conservation and ensure sustainable use of natural resources for subsistence, economic opportunity, resource development, and cultural preservation.

A tribal conservation district establishes its conservation priorities through a comprehensive planning process. The plan is implemented locally by the district’s governing board of directors and members.

Once a tribal conservation district is established under Tribal law, it can enter into a mutual agreement with the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and other federal agencies to carry out programs to accomplish conservation goals.