Soil and Water Conservation District

The December 15th Transylvania SWCD Board of Supervisors’ meeting location has been changed to the Cathey’s Creek Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.  It will start at 5:00pm.


District Director

Jeff Parker

District Secretary/Education Coordinator
Jo Ann McCall

NRCS-District Conservationist
Emily Pohlman

Transylvania County Soil & Water Conservation District
106 East Morgan Street, Suite 138
Brevard, North Carolina 28712
Phone: (828) 884-3230
Fax: (828) 884-9323

Days / Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30pm
Closed from 12:00 - 1:00 for Lunch
Note: Staff members are frequently in the field. Please call ahead for their schedule before visiting the office.

Regularly scheduled board meeting 3rd Thursday of the month 5:00pm 1st floor DSS conference room in the Community Services Bldg. Conserve, enhance, and promote the natural resources of Transylvania County by providing technical assistance, environmental education, and economic incentives to county citizens through a diversified voluntary program designed to meet changing needs.

Transylvania SWCD is one of 96 Soil and Water Conservation Districts in North Carolina. Soil and Water Conservation Districts were formed across the country as a way of addressing soil erosion on cropland during the Dust Bowl Era of the 1930's. The country's very first SWCD, The Brown Creek SWCD, was formed in Anson County, North Carolina in 1937. The Transylvania Soil and Water Conservation District was formed in 1955. Today, the Transylvania SWCD addresses conservation issues in the county by offering technical assistance, educational programs, resources, and by locating and administering cost share programs and grants to assist landowners with conservation practices on their land.

The District is governed by a five person Board who have a grassroots philosophy of protecting Transylvania County's natural resources. Two supervisors are appointed, and three are elected.


Current Members

Dick Bragg, Chairman
Bob Twomey, Vice-Chairman
Scott Galloway, Secretary/Treasurer
Alan Johnson, Member
Joffrey Merrill, Member

As of 2014, the Transylvania Soil & Water Conservation District has encumbered $7.5 million dollars in funds for conservation practices, through voluntary programs, on private property in the county. Through these programs the District has prevented an estimated 63,393 Tons of sediment from entering Transylvania Streams! That is equivalent to 5,283 loads from a 12 ton dump truck!


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