The Juniata County Conservation District was organized in 1957, as a legal subdivision of local and state government, responsible under State Law for conservation work within its county boundary lines. The District was created by a resolution of the County Commissioners on March 19th, 1957. The first Board of Directors was recognized on July 26th, 1957 and had five members.
The Conservation District is a legal subdivision of state and local government, under the authority of Act 217 of May 15, 1945, responsible under State Law for conservation work within its county boundary lines. The District was created to assist landowners in Juniata County with concerns relating to natural resources, and today provides landowners with technical and financial assistance, if available, to implement conservation practices on their land. Some of these basic practices were waterways, diversions, contour strips, etc. From its origin as primarily an agricultural organization, the District has expanded to become the primary local contact for many natural resource concerns, both in the agricultural & non-agricultural communities.
The District is governed by an eight member volunteer Board of Directors who are local farmers & citizens. The Board is appointed by the County Commissioners by utilizing nominations from the many nominating organizations within Juniata County, such as Cooperative Extension, Farm Bureau, Granges, etc.
The Juniata County Conservation District celebrated its 50th Year of Service to the Community in March 2007 with three of the original Directors from the first Board.
The Juniata County Conservation District upholds the Conservation Pledge: I give my pledge as an American to save and faithfully to defend from waste the natural resources of my county, its air, soil, and minerals, its forests, waters, and wildlife.