Providing Today, Protecting Tomorrow!


2024 Tree Sale

Annual Tree and
Shrub Seedling Sale.


Please note: No shipping, local pickup only.

4 Hour Training

NYS DEC endorsed contractor training for erosion and sediment control.

2024 Registration Closed

Trail System

Jefferson County Forests Trails


Upcoming Events

  • Mon

    Board Meeting

    5:30 pm

    The Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors will meet on Monday, April 15, 2024, at 5:30 pm at the District office: 25451 State Route 12, Watertown, NY.

    (Meeting is normally the 2nd Monday, but rescheduled due to anticipated crowds for the solar eclipse.)



Minutes, Agendas, Policies & Proposals

At Jefferson County Soil & Water Conservation District, we believe in open communication and accountability. We aim to promote transparency, ensuring that our constituents stay informed. Through our Agendas, Minutes, and Policies, we provide a comprehensive overview of our decision-making processes, board meetings, and guidelines.

Minutes, Agendas, Policies and Proposals >>

The Soil and Water Conservation District is the largest provider of technical service to the agricultural community in Jefferson County, NY.

We are committed to providing technical assistance and education to the residents of Jefferson County to ensure the wise use of soil, water, and other natural resources.

Events and News

Ag Workshop

Ag Workshop

In person registrations are required by March 27.  Space is limited. Please call our office to register (315) 782-2749 OR click here.

For Sale: Flail Mower

2017 Maschio 160 Giraffetta Flail Mower attachment For sale through Auctions International, Minimum bid: $3500

Benelli USA features our Certified Forester/Executive Director

Benelli USA features our Certified Forester/Executive Director

Our Executive Director, Patrick Crast, has been featured in the You Tube link below. Pat is a Certified Forester from SUNY ESF with a degree in Natural Resource Management, and he has been the Executive Director of our office since December 2021. The video “Raising Habitat” follows Darin Melton as he hunts the legendary ruffed grouse. The video was produced in conjunction with the Ruffed Grouse Society.

Our office provides forest management for Jefferson County’s 5500 acres of County reforestation lands. Locally, undesirable species were removed earlier this year on the Worth lot (County Route 96), and desirable species were planted. The trees planted on the Worth lot are perfect for ruffed grouse habitat. As we all know, a well-maintained, healthy forest is critical to providing clean water.

You may notice Benelli USA’s comment by Scott Hillman “Patrick Crast is one hell of a forest manager, and a very nice man. He knows every tree by heart in those woods I guarantee, and I have been blessed with the opportunity to hunt a few times where he’s managed the forest. Please respect and care for our public lands, and make sure you thank the foresters who manage the land for both animals and humans to thrive!”

Timber Sale: Bids due by May 19

Jefferson County reforestation lands (836 trees in the Town of Lorraine) consisting mostly of Red Pine is available for bid. Minimum bid: $12,917 Sealed bids are due by 5/19/23 at 2:30 pm. Questions? Contact our office at (315) 782-2749. Click here for the full...