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The function of Conservation Districts is to take available technical, financial, and educational resources, and focus or coordinate them so that they meet the needs of the local land users for the development, responsible use and conservation of the natural resources.

Alaska's SWCD created by the Territorial Legislature in 1947. The Anchorage District was officially formed from the statewide District by Charter in 1997. Our core purpose is to assist in the responsible development within our boundaries. At the heart of the ASWCD is the Alaska Constitutional right to self-governance, private property rights, and the right to self-determination.

Through education and support to property owners, ASWCD can assist with issues ranging from drainage to agricultural uses in the Municipality; from Municipal Code and various processes, to mediation or representation between property owners and other agencies. Originally confined to ONLY agricultural uses, today the ASWCD also takes on projects that benefit the natural resources and property owners within the District: flooding and erosion control, creeks and waterways, drainage improvements, consultation services during development or addressing of an issue, conserving and caring for water and soil resources, and the Statutory responsibility of the protection and support with the agricultural community within the district.

Note on our relationship with the Alaska Association of Conservation Districts (AACD): The ASWCD does not participate in or support any of AACD's activities that stretch beyond their sanctioned role as an administrative arm of Alaska's Conservation Districts, nor is the AACD authorized to represent ASWCD. Furthermore, ASWCD is not a party to the Alaska Association of Conservation District's herbicide permits with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. (Click here for DEC's herbicide webpage and information.)