Division of Conservation

Welcome to the Division of Conservation (DOC)

Conservation of natural resources is an important concern for all Kansans. The Division of Conservation, working with the 105 local conservation districts, the 88 organized watershed districts, other special purpose districts, and state and federal entities administer programs to improve water quality, reduce soil erosion, conserve water, reduce flood potential and provide local water supply. The DOC has the responsibility to administer the Conservation Districts Law, the Watershed District Act and other statutes authorizing various programs. The agency budget is financed from the dedicated funding of the Kansas State Water Plan Special Revenue Fund, State General Fund, and fee funds.

Outline Map of Kansas Counties
Atchinson County Conservation District Website Link Link to the Allen County Conservation District Link to the Barton County Conservation District Link to the Anderson County Conservation District Link to the Barber County Conservation District Link to the Bourbon County Conservation District Link to the Brown County Conservation District Contact Information Link to the Chase County Conservation District Link to the Cherokee County Conservation District Link to the Butler County Conservation District Link to the Chautaqua County Conservation District Link to the Cheyenne County Conservation District Link to the Clark County Conservation District Link to the Gove County Conservation District Link to the Greeley County Conservation District Link to the Cowley County Conservation District Link to the Douglas County Conservation District Link to the Graham County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Grant County Conservation District Link to the Ellis County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Gray County Conservation District Link to the Ford County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Finney County Conservation District Link to the Edwards County Conservation District Link to the Comanche County Conservation District Link to the Cloud County Conservation District Link to the Clay County Conservation District Link to the Dickinson County Conservation District Link to the Decatur County Conservation District Link to the Coffey County Conservation District Link to the Crawford County Conservation District Link to the Elk County Conservation District Link to the Franklin County Conservation District Link to the Greenwood County Conservation District Link to the Geary County Conservation District Link to the Doniphan County Conservation District Link to the Ellsworth County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Hamilton County Conservation District Link to the Harper County Conservation District Link to the Harvey County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for Jewell County Link to the Jackson County Conservation District Jefferson County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for Haskell County Link to the Hodgeman County Conservation District Link to the Johnson County Conservation District Link to the Kingman County Conservation District Link to the Kiowa County Conservation District Link to the Kearney County Conservation District Link to the Lane County Conservation District Link to the Labette County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Rawlins County Conservation District Norton County Link to the Phillips County Conservation District Link to the Logan County Conservation District Link to the Ness County Conservation District Link to the Mitchell County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Sherman County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Thomas County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Wallace County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Sheridan County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Rooks County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Trego County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Wichita County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Scott County Conservation District Link to Osborne County Link to the Smith County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Rush County Conservation District Link to Russell County Link to Contact Information for the Stanton County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Meade County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Seward County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Stevens County Conservation District Link to Contact Information for the Morton County Conservation District Link to Pawnee County Link to the Lincoln County Conservation District Link to the Pratt County Conservation District Link to the Stafford County Conservation District Link to the Sedgwick County Conservation District Link to the Reno County Conservation District Link to the Rice County Conservation District Link to the Sumner County Conservation District Link to the Ottawa County Conservation District Link to the Republic County Conservation District Link to the Saline County Conservation District Link to the McPherson County Conservation District Link to the Washington County Conservation District Link to the Marshall County Conservation District Link to the Nemaha County Conservation District Link to the Pottawatomie County Conservation District Link to the Lyon County Conservation District Link to the Osage County Conservation District Link to the Linn County Conservation District Link to the Miami County Conservation District Link to the Woodson County Conservation District Link to the Marion County Conservation District Link to the Wilson County Conservation District Link to the Neosho County Conservation District Link to the Montgomery County Conservation District Link to the Riley County Conservation District Link to the Morris County Conservation District Link to the Wabaunsee County Conservation District Link to the Shawnee County Conservation District Link to the Leavenworth County Conservation District Wyandotte County Conservation District

Division of Conservation News

Kansans Recognized for Conservation Efforts

The Division of Conservation in the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA-DOC) is pleased to recognize Lazy VJ Farms near Fredonia as the recipient of the 2017 Kansas Leopold Conservation Award® and Andrew Larson Jr. of Finney County as the recipient of the 2017 Don Rezac Memorial Award.

The Division of Conservation in the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA-DOC) is pleased to recognize Lazy VJ Farms near Fredonia as the recipient of the 2017 Kansas Leopold Conservation Award® and Andrew Larson Jr. of Finney County as the recipient of the 2017 Don Rezac Memorial Award.

The Kansas Leopold Conservation Award® honors Kansas landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources, and is presented by the Sand County Foundation in conjunction with the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts and the Ranchland Trust of Kansas. Lazy VJ Farms is owned and managed by Rod Vorhees and his family. When Vorhees began taking a leadership role at the farm, he focused on improving land health, converting tillage land to cover crops and using other methods to extend the time of available quality forage. The pastures on the ranch are managed using rotational grazing, and dedicates care to land management issues such as nongame wildlife, pollinators and migrating species.

The Don Rezac Memorial Award recognizes an individual who exemplifies commitment to conservation, community leadership and family, and is presented by the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts. Larson is a self-employed farmer who has served Kansas conservation efforts in a number of roles including on the State Conservation commission since 1994 and on his Conservation District Board starting in 1978. He embraces the grassroots approach to conservation: “locally led, locally developed and implemented” and values the building and maintaining of relationships and partnerships throughout many levels.

“The Division of Conservation appreciates the dedication of both Rod Vorhees and Andy Larson to the efforts of conservation in Kansas,” said Rob Reschke, director of the KDA-DOC. “Local involvement is critical to conservation, and we are fortunate to have the leadership of these two individuals, as well as the example they have set for others by implementing conservation practices on their own land.”

The Kansas Division of Conservation works with local conservation districts, watershed districts, other special purpose districts, and state and federal entities to administer programs to improve water quality, reduce soil erosion, conserve water, reduce flood potential and provide local water supply. These efforts support KDA’s mission, which includes helping to ensure a safe food supply, protecting natural resources, promoting public health and safety, protecting animal health, and providing consumer protection to the best of their ability.

For more information about the Leopold Conservation Award, go to www.leopoldconservationaward.org. For more information about the Kansas Division of Conservation, go to www.agriculture.ks.gov/conservation.

The complete press release from the Sand County Foundation can be read here: 2017 Kansas Leopold Conservation Award