Upper Elm-Red SWCD

A soil and water conservation district, like a county or school district, is a subdivision of state government. The program and plan of work of the district is developed according to the local needs of the district.

A soil and water conservation district is brought into existence by a vote of the landowners within the boundaries of a district. It is administered by a board of five directors who are elected by their fellow landowners.

After the passage of the Texas Soil Conservation Law and with the establishment of the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB), soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) began to be formed.

To bring a district into existence, a minimum of 50 local agricultural landowners had to petition the TSSWCB requesting the creation of a district. Following the filing of the petition, the TSSWCB held a hearing on the question of desirability and necessity for a district. If facts presented at the hearing determined a favorable need, the TSSWCB conducted an election within the proposed district on the proposition of creating a conservation district. At least two-thirds of the votes cast by local agricultural landowners must have been positive in order to create a new district.

Contact Upper Elm-Red SWCD

Charlie Upchurch
TSSWCB Field Representative
2200 North Grand Avenue
Gainesville, Texas  76240
Phone: (940) 894-3976


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Cooke County, Texas
  • Grayson County, Texas
  • Montague County, Texas

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