Helping landowners achieve their rangeland management goals


Texas has over 200 Soil & Water Conservation Districts managing a variety of local conservation activities across the state. Our purpose is to install in the minds of local people that it is their individual responsibility to do the job of soil and water conservation. As independent political bodies, SWCDs communicate with state and federal agencies through the Texas State Soil & Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB). Their mission is to work in conjunction with local SWCDs to encourage the wise and productive use of natural resources. It is our goal to ensure the availability of those resources for future generations, so that all Texans’ present and future needs can be met in a manner that promotes a clean, healthy environment and strong economic growth.


District Facts


The Kerr County Soil and Water Conservation District #217 includes all of Kerr County, consisting of 626,861 acres of rangeland, 14,439 acres of cropland, 6,987 acres of pastureland, and 60,219 acres of miscellaneous lands. Regular meetings are held in our Conference Room the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10 AM.


  Zone 1

Barbara Oates, Secretary

Zone 2

Jack Thorn, Vice-Chairman

Zone 3

Paula Russ

Zone 4

David Symm

Zone 5

Jack Clarke, III, Chairman

District Clerk

Denise Griffin

District Technician

Missie Dreiss


Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Resource Team Leader

Cole Jacoby

Range Specialist

Kelly Umphres

Soil Conservationist

Richard Atkinson

Program Assistant

Shannon Miller


NRCS 8:00-4:30 Mon-Fri

SWCD 9:00-3:00 Tues-Thurs

(830) 896-4911x3


Contact Us

Better yet, see us in person!

We love our farmers & ranchers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours to discuss conservation practices, agriculture, and other smart ranching practices.

Kerr County SWCD

Kerr County SWCD 2104 Memorial Blvd. Ste. 103 Kerrville, TX 78028USe

(830) 896-4911x3


Open today

09:00 am – 03:00 pm

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