The Monument SWCD was one of the first districts established in Oregon and was officially chartered in 1942. The district then covered northern Grant County, including the Ritter area. Later, other areas of the county petitioned to establish a district that would take in the remainder of the county. The Ritter area was annexed into the new Grant SWCD.
Monument directors voted to match their boundary with that of Monument School District #8. Grant County is one of the few counties in Oregon with two active soil and water conservation districts.
The Monument SWCD is a non-taxing special district overseen by the Oregon Department of Agriculture. It is governed by a locally elected board of five directors- one from each of three zones, and two at large positions. Board Directors are responsible for identifying local conservation needs and developing programs to address them; educating and informing landowners and the general public about conservation issues; and overseeing district staff and resources. They must live in the zone they represent and own or actively manage at least 10 acres of property.
Welcome! Please feel free to browse through our site and learn more about our organization. Operated in part by the Oregon Department of Agriculture; we are part of a working team of Soil & Water Conservation Districts located throughout the State of Oregon and the United States. We are located in the quaint town of Monument, Oregon in beautiful Grant County - one of Oregon's pristine landscapes and agriculturally based communities.
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