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Allegany Soil Conservation District

12407 Naves Cross Road NE              Phone: 240-609-3493

Cumberland, MD 21502           Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

The Wilbert R. Paul Conservation Building

One-Stop Source for Conservation Assistance

ATTENTION FOREST LANDOWNERS OF ALLEGANY COUNTY:  If you have an active Forest Management Plan or Forest Stewardship Plan and are interested in implementing the recommendations in the plan, contact NRCS Private Lands Forester Slater Hafer at 240-609-3496 or Forester Technician Noah Jack, 240-664-2358, to inquire about technical and/or financial assistance.  In addition, financial assistance is available for the development of a forest management plan.  Click here for more information or visit our local field office at ASCD.

Each year the Allegany Soil Conservation District helps farmers secure thousands of dollars in financial assistance from a variety of state and federal programs to install best management practices on their farms.


The following is a listing of some of the financial resources available to Allegany County Farmers available over this web site. Please be sure you have a PDF reader installed on your computer to be able to view the files.


Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share (MACS) Program (PDF)

Maryland's Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) (PDF)

Maryland Income Tax Subtraction Modification for Conservation Equipment (PDF)

USDA Environmental Quality Incentatives Program (PDF or link)

Rental Equipment

Great Plains No-Till Drill: $7 per acre ($50 minimum fee)

Wheatheart High & Heavy Hitter Post Pounder: $100 the first day followed by $50 for each consecutive day (cannot exceed more than 5 consecutive days)

NOTE:  Equipment must be returned by 12:00 noon the following day to avoid additional fees.


To schedule, call ASCD Secretary, Mona Lee, at 240-609-3493 or email her at

Click here to see Equipment Info

Urban Services

Whenever a bulldozer dislodges a mound of earth, a new highway paves over a forest, or a family farm is lost to development, our waterways are placed at increased risk for sediment and nutrient pollution. Since 1972 the Allegany Soil Conservation District has been responsible for reviewing and approving sediment and erosion control plans for construction projects in the county. These reviews are performed by urban planners in the soil conservation district who work cooperatively with local planning and zoning officials to ensure that proper safeguards are in place to minimize soil erosion and nutrient runoff.

Farmer Outreach

Helping farmers balance agriculture production goals with the need to protect natural resources is an important function of the Allegany Soil Conservation District. The district works closely with Maryland Cooperative Extension and other agricultural and natural resource agencies to identify and develop farmer education programs and materials. Field days, farm tours, demonstration projects and workshops are some of the tools the district uses to keep Maryland farmers abreast of the latest research findings and technologies.



Each year the Allegany Soil Conservation District sponsors a number of programs aimed at educating tomorrow's leaders on the benefits of clean water, productive soil and a healty food supply. Soil judging contests, classroom visits, convervation camps and career workshops are some of the tools the district uses to instill a sense of stewardship in our youngsters. A highlight of the education program is the Envirothon, a field-oriented, problem solving natural resources competition for high school students. Designed by soil conservationists, naturalists, foresters, wildlife experts and other natural resource professionals, the Envirothon challenges students to move beyond the classroom in order to solve real-life environmental problems in a natural setting. Teams compete at the local, state and international levels.


The Maryland Envirothon


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