COLORADO – Did you know there are three conservation districts in the Otero and Crowley County area? By definition, a conservation district is a governmental entity that helps farmers and ranchers protect their land and water resources. Back in the 1930s, during the Dust Bowl Era, the need for action became obvious. Franklin Delano Roosevelt appropriated $5 million in relief funds and tasked Hugh Bennett with the job of saving America’s soil.
Bennett came up with the idea to give the job to the people who lived on the land – the nation’s farmers and ranchers. He knew they would do what was needed, mostly at their own expense, if supplied with technical help and engineering suggestions.