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Ulster Co. Soil & Water Conservation District prioritizes the health, safety and well-being of the communities we serve. Given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, and due to an abundance of caution, and the recommended COVID-19 precautions put out by Ulster County Executive Ryan, we are limiting public access to our offices.

We are available to provide assistance via phone and email and under limited circumstances by appointment. Please call or email with any questions.
Thank you.



5 Park Lane Highland, New York 12528

View of Mohonk Tower

CowEvery County in New York State has a Soil and Water Conservation District. The State passed enabling legislation for the creation of our agency after Congress, in 1937 established a federal conservation agency to address the nation's problems caused by the "dust bowl". The legislation empowered local soil and water conservation districts to carry out and promote soil and water conservation programs.

The Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District was formed by County Resolution in April of 1965. We are governed by a local Board of Directors appointed by the Ulster County Legislature to oversee programs and staff. Ulster's Board consists of representatives from the County Legislature, Farm Bureau, Grange, and At-Large.

For over forty years the District has maintained it's long standing tradition as an agency of action: responsible for the direct design and implementation of engineering and agronomic practices intended for the improvement of water quality and the preservation of the County's natural resources, in both rural and urban capacity.

Stream Project


Adam Doan
Executive Director

Margarete Wagner
Program Assistant

Jake Wedemeyer
District Technician, CCA, CPESC

Adam Doan
Ashokan Basin Project Manager

Bobby Taylor
CSBI Program Coordinator

Allison Lent
Stream Assessment Coordinator

Tiffany Runge
Watershed Technician


Leonard Tantillo
Chair - Farm Bureau Representative

William Wilklow
Secretary/Treasurer – Farm Bureau Representative

James Delaune
UC Legislator

Sarah Van Nostrand
Grange Bureau Representative

Robert Davenport

Herbert Litts, III
Legislative Representative


Oscar Velez-Juarbe
District Conservationist

Don Shortell
IT Specialist- OCIO


2021 SALE is canceled.
We’ll be back in 2022!

January 2019 Newsletter

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Census of Agriculture