Albany County
24 Martin Road | Voorheesville, NY 12186
Phone: (518) 765-SWCD (7923)

Soil and Water Conservation District


The Albany County Soil and Water Conservation District is a local governmental subdivision established under state law to carry out a program for the conservation, use and development of soil, water and related resources. Created on May 14, 1945 by the Albany County Board of Supervisors, the District has been providing county residents assistance for over 60 years. District programs provide information, service, and technical/financial assistance to agricultural, rural, urban and suburban constituents.

Agricultural Environmental Management

The Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking cooperation in updating the Albany County Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) Strategy. This is the County‚Äôs local approach to agriculture and will define how we work together with the agricultural community to enhance and protect the natural resources and the economic viability of farming.   

Our hope is to develop a sound program with a mission, goals, and objectives while bringing all partners together. This Strategy will help to direct local agricultural conservation programs and address priority issues and opportunities. 

Conservation Tree and Shrub Program

Each year we offer a wide variety of seedlings/transplants, ground covers, fruits/berries, and wildflower seed mixes at reduced rates to encourage conservation planting. Various planting supplies such as rain barrels, tree tubes, marking flags, and fertilizer tablets are offered as well.

Fish Stocking Program

We run an annual fish stocking program (May). Species offered include Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass and Fathead Minnows.

Capital Region Envirothon

The Envirothon is an exciting outdoor competition for high school students that tests their knowledge on five topics: soils, aquatics, forestry, wildlife, and current environmental issues. Regional Envirothons which are organized by local Soil and Water Conservation Districts are held across New York State each spring. Local teams compete against each other in a regional meeting, for the opportunity to represent their county at the state level.  Click here for the Capital Region Envirothon Brochure  

Conservation Items

We offer numerous conservation items for sale, including: bluebird boxes; bat houses; wood duck boxes; bird feeders; and bat houses. Just call or email us for more information! (518) 765-7923 or

Last Year Was a Great Year!

Our 2017 Activity Highlights Report is now available.  In it we highlight our activities, educational programs and other environmental accomplishments of the past year.

Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy
Conservation District NewslettersSpring 2019 (Fish Sale) Winter/Spring 2019 (Tree & Shrub Sale)