Soil & Water Conservation District

Cost Share Funds Now Available

The Craven Soil and Water Conservation District is now accepting applications for participation in the following Conservation Cost Share Programs;

  • North Carolina Agricultural Cost Share Program
  • North Carolina Agricultural Water Resources Assistance Program
  • North Carolina Community Conservation Assistance Program
  • North Carolina Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

How To Apply:

Batching Periods:

  • Initial Batching Period (July 1, 2020 through August 31, 2020)
    • Applications received during this time will be ranked using a Ranking Form approved for the particular program of interest.  Applications receiving the highest points will be funded first.
  • Subsequent Batching Periods (Monthly)
    • If all available funds are not used during the initial batching period, recurring monthly batching periods will be open until all remaining funds are contracted.

If you have any questions please call 252-633-0397 or stop by the Craven SWCD office located in the Craven County Agricultural Building (302 Industrial Drive, New Bern, NC 28562).


Pre-Application Form


It is the mission of the Soil and Water Conservation District to provide technical, financial, and educational assistance to the citizens of Craven County in the proper management and wise use of our Natural Resources.


The Soil and Water Conservation District, along with NRCS, provides and administers cost share programs for local agricultural and urban communities to implement best management practices on their land to improve water quality and production. For more information, click here. Programs Version OptionsSoil & Water Conservation DistrictHeadline Programs Version OptionsSoil & Water Conservation DistrictHeadline Version OptionsSoil & Water Conservation DistrictHeadline Version OptionsSoil & Water Conservation DistrictHeadline

Beaver activity contributes to flooding and property damage throughout Craven County each year. Management options typically depend on the location and ownership of the site. Individuals with beaver problems should contact Patrick Baker or Pam Hawkins at (252) 633-0397 to discuss their situation and available management options.

If you have any questions related to or would like to request assistance with conservation programs, natural resources-related issues, drainage or erosion problems, or beaver related issue please fill out the Request for Technical Assistance Form.


A strong environmental education program is provided to the citizens of Craven County to inform all ages of the need for protecting our natural resources. Environmental field days, contests, and other activities are sponsored throughout the year for students within the county.  

Craven Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors

  • Dietrich Kilpatrick, Chairman
  • Randy Register, Vice-Chairman
  • Kirby Braxton, Member
  • Donald Heath, Member
  • Marlene Salyer, Member