March 3, 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:

* Speech contest: The 60th Annual Resource Conservation Speech Contest is open to all high school students (grades 9-12). An informational brochure is available here. Deadline for entry is March 4.

* Arbor Day contests for 5th & 6th grade students: 1) The first is a poster contest open to all 5th graders. The deadline to submit posters is March 26. Click here for more information. 2) An essay contest is open to 5th & 6th grade students. The central theme of essays should be the importance of Arbor Day and trees in the state. Deadline is April 5. Click here for more information.

* Scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors. 1) Custer County Conservation District will be offering a $1,000 college scholarship this spring. Application is available here. Deadline is April 1. 2) SDACDE is accepting applications for its $500 Memorial Scholarship. Click here for more information.

* Online workshop to be held on March 20 from 8:00-10:00 AM. The workshop is titled “Women and Wildland Fire Home Defense Workshop”. This event is hosted by the SD Dept. of Ag., Resource Conservation and Forestry. Contact the Custer County Conservation District at [email protected] for more information

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