Surry County Ranked Second in State for Conservation

(Dobson, N.C.) – According to State data, Surry County ranks second in North Carolina for state and federal funding received to conserve property, streams, rivers and creeks. A portion of the conservation dollars goes to farmland Best Management Practices. The data is part of the State’s Conservation Implementation Rank.

Surry County received an average of $1,280,017 per year over the three years studied, only an approximate $76,000 behind Duplin County, the first ranked county.

The State analyzed funding received by all 100 counties from 2017-2019. Categories reviewed include “Cropland-Animal Units,” “ACSP, AgWRAP, CCAP,” “EQIP, CSP, RCPP” and “OTHER Conservation.”

The acronyms in the categories stand for:

  • (ACSP) Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary Program
  • (AgWRAP) Agricultural Water Resources Assistance Program
  • (CCAP) Community Conservation Assistance Program
  • (EQIP) Environmental Quality Incentives Program
  • (CSP) Conservation Stewardship Program
  • (RCPP) Regional Conservation Partnership Program

“Our department is very excited to receive this great news,” said Tony Davis, Surry County Soil & Water Conservation District Director. “This is the first time the State has released the conservation rankings and we’re very pleased with our results. To make this even more exceptional, we have only two full-time employees and one grant-funded position to procure the funding. The Surry County Soil & Water Conservation District is happy to help citizens implement Best Management Practices on farmland, streams, rivers and creeks.”

Date: April 20, 2021