The Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District has a leadership responsibility for conservation of the soil, water, and related resources within the District. The District executes this responsibility by utilizing the efforts of a number of cooperating agencies, landowners, other units of government, concerned businesses and individuals.
Through an agreement with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), technical and financial assistance are provided to cooperating landowners and users. The partnership supports each member agency and cooperates in state and federal programs which provide cost sharing, technical assistance, public education, information, and products to promote priority conservation.
The District believes that children are our future and is committed to actively spreading the soil and water conservation message and is involved with a wide range of educational programs associated with the natural resources of Chautauqua County. The Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District maintains a presence at Conservation Field Days, Visit the Farm Day and the Chautauqua County Fair.
The District also hosts the Envirothon for local schools located in Chautauqua County annually and presents training sessions on AEM programming, soil health and storm water management.
Chautauqua County Conservation District also provides access to professional, technical, and financial assistance in carrying out district programs. Other services are available on request to the general public, as well as public and private organizations, and all units of government.
District services are available on request to the general public as well as to public and private organizations, schools, cities, towns, villages, highway departments and all units of government.
Agricultural value assessment, erosion and sediment control, fishpond stocking, livestock and non-point source pollution programming, pond design and consultation, soil and water resource management and urban and rural drainage solutions. Contact our office at (716) 664-2351 Extension 5 to learn more.
Fishpond stocking: bass, channel catfish, trout, koi, walleye pike, perch, triploid grass carp. Information pertaining to our fishpond stocking sale is included at the end of this page, scroll down to learn more.
Each year Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District introduces thousands of bare root tree and shrub seedlings and transplants into Chautauqua County, New York and its surrounding areas. The seedlings and transplants that are selected have a good quality rating for hardiness in Chautauqua County and are sold at an affordable rate to promote landowner conservation.
Landowners can practice conservation by planting seedlings and wildflowers to support pollinators and provide food and shelter to wildlife, reduce heating/cooling expenses, protect water quality with buffers, reduce air pollution and stabilize eroded land. Seedlings are an inexpensive way to replace trees that have been damaged, harvested or lost to disease.
All stock that is sold is bare root, meaning the plant is harvested with little or no soil attached to the roots. Due to our stock being bare root, the plants must be harvested and replanted while in a dormant state and while soil conditions are still moist. The District offers a wide variety of conifers, hardwoods, shrubs, berries, fruit trees, ground covers, as well as, conservation seed mixes and wildflower seed mixes when available.
Tree protector tubes and stakes, weed control mats, tree plantation signs, fertilizer pellets, conservation seed mixes and other nonperishable items are also made available during the annual sale. Catalogs for the annual sale are typically available in January, orders are accepted until the middle of March, and orders are distributed in April.
To submit an order for the annual tree and shrub sale, follow the instructions listed on the order form within the listed order deadlines. Sale updates are regularly posted on the Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District Facebook page. Like and follow us on Facebook to receive updates and see posts shared by the District. Email us at email@example.com with your mailing address if you would like to be added to receive catalog and order form by mail or email.
Nonperishable listed in the catalog are also available year-round and are typically listed on the last 4 to 5 pages of the catalog. Contact the District at (716) 664-2351 Extension 5 to check the availability of the items you wish to purchase and schedule a pick-up time.
The District works closely with farmers, landowners, municipalities, NYS-DEC, and US Fish & Wildlife Service to evaluate and address streambank and shoreline erosion problems. We provide technical assistance and, construction oversight, and in some cases, secure funding toward these projects. Possible funding sources include state, federal and private sources, such as Trout Unlimited or the Fish America Foundation.
The District offers a pond planning service for Chautauqua County residents that would like to construct a pond for wildlife, recreational and fire protection uses. This service assists potential pond owners in the evaluation, layout and design of ponds.
Owning a pond can involve many issues, some more complex than others. For this reason, we have provided information pertaining to managing and maintaining a healthy pond. Even though the information found here is fairly comprehensive, additional pond information can be found through specific searches on the internet. See a variety of downloadable PDF's below:
For most people, having a pond usually means having fish as well. The fish management information links below provided basic recommendations on species selection, stocking rates and applicable licenses.
Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District holds a fish stocking sale twice a year when fish are available from our distributor. Channel Catfish, Japanese Koi, Largemouth Bass, Perch and Triploid Grass Carp are typically offered in the Spring. Channel Catfish, Japanese Koi, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout and Triploid Grass Carp are typically offered in the fall.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address if you would like to receive an order form for our fish sale. Please note that this mailing list is separate from our tree and shrub mailing list. Fish sale updates are regularly posted on the Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District Facebook page. Like and follow us on Facebook to receive updates and see posts shared by the District.
Prior to stocking fish and Triploid Grass Carp in your pond, you should obtain a Farm Fishpond License and/or a Grass Carp Stocking Permit from DEC.
The Farm Fishpond License allows the licensee, their immediate family, and their employees to take fish at any time, in any size, in any number, and in any manner as stipulated in their individual license. The farm fishpond license also serves as a stocking permit, eliminating the need to obtain a separate DEC fish stocking permit which is required to stock fish into any waters of the state. The Farm Fishpond License is free and is good for five years. Please be advised that all three original copies of your Grass Carp Permit must be submitted with your order form when purchasing Triploid Grass Carp. While Farm Fishpond Licenses are necessary, you do not need to submit a Farm Fishpond License when purchasing other fish.
Landowners with private ponds can download a Farm Fishpond License application by selecting “Farm Fish App” below. Visit the DEC’s website to learn more: https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/25013.html
Landowners with private ponds can download a Farm Fishpond License application by selecting “Grass Carp Permit App” below. Visit the DEC’s website to learn more: https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/25024.html