12407 Naves Cross Road NE

Cumberland, MD 21502

Phone: 301-777-1747


Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

ASCD continues to operate by appointment only for the time being.  Please call the office at 240-609-3493 to speak with someone about your conservation needs.  Thank you.

12407 Naves Cross Road NE

Cumberland, MD 21502

Phone: 240-609-3493


Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Wilbert R. Paul Conservation Building

About Us

The Allegany Soil Conservation Distirct serves one of three mountainous counties in Western Maryland. The narrow mountain ridges, separated by steep valleys, present unique challenges for controlling runoff and erosion. The Allegany SCD addresses three major program areas - agriculture, surface mining (coal) and urban development. Once the leading industries in the area, agriculture and surface mining have declined in recent years. Currently, the staffing arrangement can handle these program areas adequately. Conversely, the district's urban program work load has increased steadily. Severe flooding during the past several years has caused the District to focus on stream channel and streambank restoration programs. The district has been successful in acquiring grants from nontraditional sources to implement stream restoration projects in several watersheds, and will contine to seek grant monies to implement additional stream restoration projects over the next several years.

District Priorities & Mission

   *Complete soil conservation and water quality plans for farms as part of the state's nonpoint-source pollution control goals.


   *Provide timely review and inspection of erosion and sediment control plans and stormwater management plans.


   *Promote the Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share Program and the Maryland Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program to help farmers pay to install BMP's to protect the environment.


   *Implement stream restoration projects in the Braddock Run, Jennings Run and George's Creek watersheds to address aspects of Maryland's Tributary Strategies.


   *Assist the MD Bureau of Mines in implementing erosion and sediment control practices on surface mine sites.

Partner Links

The Allegany Soil Conservation District is a member of Maryland's Conservation Partnership, a coalition of federal, state and local agriculture agencies dedicated to protecting and conserving natural resources and promoting Maryland agriculture by providing a range of educational, financial, technical assistance and regulatory programs.


Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts

Maryland Department of Agriculture

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

USDA Farm Service Agency

University of Maryland Extension

Five Steps to Meet Conservation Compliance


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