Partner Agencies & Organizations
Indiana Conservation Partnership
The Indiana Conservation Partnership (ICP) is comprised of 8 Indiana agencies and organizations who share a common goal of promoting conservation. The Marion County SWCD works closely with the ICP organizations. Partners include:
- Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and their 92 SWCDs
- Indiana Department of Environmental Management
- Indiana Department of Natural Resources
- ISDA Division of Soil Conservation
- Purdue Cooperative Extension Service
- State Soil Conservation Board
- USDA Farm Service Agency
- USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
The mission of the Indiana Conservation Partnership is to provide technical, financial and educational assistance needed to implement economically and environmentally compatible land and water stewardship decisions, practices and technologies.
View More about the ICP.
Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs)
Indiana has 92 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) – one for each county in the state.
The staff and volunteers that work with the SWCDs engage at the grassroots level in both rural and urban settings to develop locally-driven solutions to natural resource concerns.
Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District (MCSWCD)
The MCSWCD serves farmers and growers throughout Marion County, and represents the most populous and urban county.
Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
The Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) works at a state level to promote and enhance
They do this through legislative advocacy, public outreach, and supporting their member SWCDs in their local work.
View More on the main IASWCD website.
NRCS – National Resources Conservation Service
The NRCS is a federal program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Indiana’s state NRCS team works closely with the SWCDs in each county to promote conservation practices.
Marion and Hendricks County share an NRCS District Conservationist (DC), Jerod Chew.
Jerod helps landowners and farmers through NRCS programs and funding.
Click Here for the main Indiana state NRCS website.
There are many other agencies and organizations working to improve the health and ecology of our community. The Marion County SWCD has worked along side many of the agencies and organizations listed below over the years in order to accomplish large scale, mutual goals. We are most interested in helping landowners and land users make wise land use decisions. These agencies and organizations may provide additional assistance for your natural resource needs.
Through our Soil Health Initiative:
We provide technical assistance and training for local organizations, farmers, and gardeners. A few of our primary soil health partners include:
- Paramount School of Excellence
- Groundwork Indy
- Indy Urban Acres
- Fall Creek Gardens
- Avon Elementary School