April 23, 2021

Conservation District


Mission: The mission of the Custer County Conservation District is to provide leadership and administer programs to help people conserve, improve, and sustain our natural resources and environment.

Department Function: The function of the Conservation District is to take available technical, financial, and educational resources, whatever their source, and focus or coordinate them so they meet the needs of the local land users.

Chairman: Dave Thom
Vice-Chairman: Paul Nettinga
Treasurer: Oonagh Wood
Supervisor: Tamarah Carter
Supervisor: vacant
Advisors: Stephenie Rittberger, Gladwin Paulsen, and Stuart Adrian
Office Manager: Mike Baldwin
NRCS District Conservationist: Justine Reid


Important Information & Upcoming Events:

* Scholarship opportunities: 

  • Custer County Conservation District is offering a $1,000 college scholarship this spring. Application is available here
  • Mark Kieffer Memorial Scholarship: $1,200 to high school senior located in western SD. Contact the office for additional information.  

* Landowner workshop: 

  • Property owners of the Custer Highlands / Elk Mountain area – Custer County Conservation District and the South Dakota Family Forest Association are hosting a workshop titled “Landowners – protect your home and property”, which will be held on Friday, April 30 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Elk Mountain School. Contact the office for additional details. 

Contact Information:
25363 US Hwy 385
Custer, SD 57730
(605) 673-5680
Email: [email protected]

Board Meeting Agendas

Board Meeting Minutes

Helpful Links

SD Natural Resources Conservation ServiceSD Farm Service Agency *  SD Conservation DistrictsSD Game, Fish and Parks * Black Hills National Forest * Buffalo Gap National Grassland * Wind Cave National Park * Jewel Cave National Monument

The Climate Source * U.S. Environmental Protection Agency * Safe Travel USA

SD Department of Agriculture * SD Department of TransportationSDSU Plant Science DepartmentSDSU Extension Service