Whiteside County Soil and Water
Conservation District
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USDA and Coronavirus/COVID-19


Due to recent public health concerns, this service center is open by appointment only.

You can call: FSA: 815-772-2124 ext 2 or NRCS/SWCD: 815-772-2124 ext 3 to make an appointment.

Agricultural producers should visit farmers.gov/coronavirus for the latest information on available services and the latest status of service centers impacted by these locally-specific health measures.

Also, due to COVID-19, the SWCD will not be holding board meetings until further notice. If you sent in a grant application for an Education Fund grant, we will look at those when we resume meetings and will get in contact with you right away. Again, thanks for understanding. 


NAG Scholarship Opportunity....

The Whiteside County Natural Area Guardians, a committee of the Soil and Water Conservation District, will award two - $500 scholarships to college students who are pursuing a degree in the area of conservation or an environmentally-related field. The scholarships are available for students entering junior or senior years at an institution of higher learning. First consideration is given to students who reside in Whiteside County.
Applications are available by going to whitesidecountyswcd.com and clicking the Natural Area Guardians tab or by picking one up at the SWCD office, USDA Building, 16255 Liberty Street, Morrison, IL 61270. Further information may be obtained by calling 815-772-2124 Ext. 3. Completed applications are due by April 1, 2020 and should be sent to: Scholarship Committee, Natural Area Guardians, C/O Carolyn Keller, 1716 W. 4th Street, Sterling, IL 61081-3125.


WCSWCD 2019/2020 Winter Newsletter

The 2019/2020 winter edition of the Whiteside County SWCD newsletter is ready

 for viewing. The newsletter contains the spring fish and tree order forms.

 This will be a large file so may take some time to open, please be patient. 

Thank you.

In need of a Land Evaluation Site Assessment? 

Go to the LINKS tab on the left of this screen and click the appropriate link for the form. There is a $750.00 base fee which includes the first acre, every acre after that is $20.00 per acre. If you have any questions, let us know. 815-772-2124 ext 3. Thank you.

Need information on pollinator gardens? Click the link below to find a Pollinator Garden Design Guide provided by NRCS. 

Pollinator Garden Design Guide



Wood Duck Houses:

Functional rustic wood duck houses, $55 each for front opening boxes. You will need to supply the pole, clamps and wood shavings. Put no more than 3" of wood shavings on the bottom. The rougher the wood, the more use it will get. Let us know if you are interested in purchasing one by calling 815-772-2124 ext 3. Thank you.





We still have plenty of uncleaned black oil sunflower seed for sale. No guarantees on weed content or purity of the seed but should be suitable for bird feed. There will be approximately 20 pounds for the cost of $5.00. We have bags available but you may also bring containers if you would like instead of bags. Let us know if you would like any by calling 815-772-2124 ext 3 and make up pick up arrangements.
 Thank you.

Natural Area Guardians

If you are interested in preserving the lands natural beauty and would like to volunteer to help the with the native areas, please see the info listed in the Natural Area Guardian section of the website. To become a NAG member or if you have any questions, comments or concerns, they can be directed to our office at 815-772-2124 ext 3. 


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