Taylor County Land Conservation Department
Brent Tessmer, County Conservationist
Klayton Kree, Engineering Technician
Pamela Holz, Conservation Assistant

The Land Conservation Department (LCD) works with Taylor County citizens and local, state, and federal agencies and organizations to provide information, technical assistance, and financial aid for the conservation and protection of natural resources throughout the county. The LCD is responsible for administering the natural resource conservation and protection programs and policies of the Conservation Committee. In cooperation with citizens and technical advisory committees, the LCD has developed a Land and Water Resource Management Plan for Taylor County. Programs and services provided by the LCD include Nutrient Management Planning, the Farmland Preservation Program, soil testing, tree sales, invasive species, land information and a drinking water education and testing program. Conservation planning assistance is provided through cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Cost-share programs may help with financial assistance for some conservation practices. The LCD oversees the Wildlife Damage Abatement and Claims Program and the County Conservation Aids Program. The LCD also sponsors a variety of environmental education programs for children and adults.

“Conservation means harmony between men and land. When the land does well for its owner, and the owner does well by his land, when both end up better by reason of their partnership, we have conservation. When one or the other grows poorer, we do not.”      Aldo Leopold