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Knox County Illinois Soil and Water Conservation District

"Conservation means harmony between men and land. When 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.... It is the individual farmer who will weave the greater part of the rug on which America stands." -Aldo Leopold, in his 1939 essay "The Farmer as a Conservationist"


Soil and Water Conservation Districts were an outgrowth of a difficult period in our Nation's history. Their creation was hastened by a public awakening to the ravages of soil erosion, by the Depression, and the dust storms of the 1930's. The Knox County SWCD was formed July 27, 1944.

A key mission of the District is to provide information and resources to students, businesses, communities and the general public about the importance of protecting and conserving Illinois’ natural resources.

Mission Statement: To be the respected leaders in education and motivating those innovators who conserve our natural resources for the present and future generations.

Knox County SWCD brochure

SWCD Staff
Nicole Miller, Administrative Coordinator, FOIA Officer
Kara Downin, Resource Conservationist, CPESC, FOIA Officer

USDA/NRCS Employees
Ron Hall, Soil Conservationist
Joe Spence, Soil Conservation Technician
Jennifer Delpierre, Soil Conservationist

Ted Mottaz, Chairman
George Cummings, Vice Chairman
Chris Bewley, Secretary
Dave Asbury, Treasurer
Tyler Main, Director

Associate Directors
Frank Hopkins
Patty Tusek
Terry Leafgreen
AJ Harland
Tom Hoben
Bruce Pecenka
Brett Swanson
Joan Whitney

Board Meetings are open to the public and are usually held the third Wednesday of each month at the USDA building, 233 S. Soangetaha Rd.  Please call the office to confirm the meeting time.

The Knox County Soil & Water Conservation District offers all programs and services without regard to color, nationality, religion, sex, age, marital status or handicap.

Knox County SWCD
233 S. Soangetaha Rd.
Galesburg, IL  61401

Phone: (309) 342-5138 ext. 3 
Fax: (855) 288-1480

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8- 4:30 p.m.

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