Fayette SWCD

The Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District (FSWCD) is a unique unit of local government that was originally founded in 1914 as part of the Bastrop-Fayette SWCD.  After a re-organization, the Fayette SWCD was created in 1958.  The district is an organization set up to coordinate State and Federal conservation programs at the local level.  FSWCD is directed by a five member Board of Directors representing five zones in Fayette County.  Our mission is to encourage the wise and productive use of natural resources.  It is our goal to ensure the availability of those resources for future generations so that all Texans' present and future needs can be met in a manner that promotes a clean, healthy environment and strong economic growth.  The major functions of the District are to coordinate federal, state and local technical and finacial conservation assistance to land users, distribute conservation information to land stewards and the general public, and promote conservation education in schools to bring about the conservation and sustained use of our natural resources.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical assistance to the District and land users cooperating with the District.  Specialist in soils, agronomy, forestry, plant science, biology, engineering and other natural resource fields are available to provide information and advice to land users to solve resource management problems on property.

The basis for the technical assistance is called a "Conservation Plan."  A conservation plan begins with a complete inventory of the soils, plants, waters and other physical features of a tract of land.  Alternatives and advice are offered to the land user on a voluntary basis.  The land user selects the alternatives that best fit his/her goals. The conservation plan is then tailored to meet the land user's objectives, while at the same time using each acre of land within its capabilities and treating it according to its needs.

The Fayette Soil & Water Conservation District meets on the third Monday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at the Agricultural Building at 255 Svoboda Lane, Room 107, La Grange, Texas

Each year the District carries out activities to promote conservation in Fayette County.  Some of these include:

  • Assists land users to install conservation practices on their land.  Conservation practices include grass planting, erosion control, water conservation practices and management practices.
  • Recognizes individuals that do outstanding conservation work on their land.
  • Sponsors an annual poster and essay contest for Fayette County students.
  • Provides Soil Stewardship material for distribution to Fayette County citizens through area churches.
  • Provides cost share assistance to land users to install conservation practices, through financial assistance from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
  • Serves as a voice for local landowners at the state and national level of government regarding private property rights and conservation issues.
  • Sponsors Wildlife, Range and Land Judging Contests for FFA students.
  • Sponsors information tours each year on Pond Management and Range/Pasture Management.

Contact Fayette SWCD

Carissa Karisch
District Office Manager
255 Svoboda Lane
Room 122
La Grange, Texas  78945
Phone: 979-968-5458


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Fayette County, Texas

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