Cortland SWCD

Office Hours:
M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

100 Grange Place
Cortland, NY 13045
Fax: 607-756-0029



Established on May 1, 1946 to promote the conservation and wise use
of our county's natural resources

Fruit Tree Pruning Rural Landowner Workshop

On Saturday March 28th, 9 am to noon, Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District, Cornell Cooperative Extension's South Central Regional Ag Team and CCE of Cortland will be offering a fruit tree pruning workshop.  Attendees will learn how to improve fruit yield and quality by knowing how, what and where to cut.  A variety of tree species will be covered including apple, peach, pear, and apricot.  There is no charge for the event but please pre-register by March 25th as space is limited.  The session starts @ 9:00 at the farm of Christine and Bob Applegate, 1751 VanDonsel Rd, Virgil, NY.  Class size will be capped at 25 participants, for questions or to register please contact Cortland SWCD at 756-5991 or  Please be sure to dress appropriately for the weather, as this event is rain or shine.

Annual SWCD Tree and Shrub Sale

Bare root tree and shrub seedlings/transplants can now be purchased through Cortland SWCD for conservation planting. By placing an order, you can help make Cortland County a cleaner, greener, healthier community for future generations. 

Order forms must be received by Thursday, April 3, 2015. Look for more information on our Tree Sale Page.

2015 Spring Fish Sale

Rainbow trout, channel catfish, largemouth bass, yellow perch, sterile grass carp, fathead minnows, and fish food can now be ordered through Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) for private pond stocking.  Orders must be received by Friday, May 8th, 2015.  Delivery will be made to the SWCD office parking lot at the New York State Grange Building, 100 Grange Place, Cortland, on Saturday, May 16th at 10:00 a.m. Find out more on our Fish Sale Page.

Agricultural Grant Funding Available For Cortland County Farms

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has announced a Request for Proposals for Round 21 of the Agricultural Nonpoint Source (Ag NPS) Abatement and Control Program. Approximately 12 million dollars has been included in this year’s budget designated to the Ag NPS program. This grant program supports Cortland County’s Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) Strategic Plan by funding planning and implementation practices. Agricultural operations wishing to apply for funding to implement conservation practices MUST contact the SWCD office at 607-756-5991 no later than February 11th if they intend to participate.... read more

Outdoor Burning Regulations

In 2009, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) passed regulations prohibiting all open burning, including household trash and yard waste (leaves included). This open burn ban expands on the previous prohibition of burning household trash in wood stoves, fire places, and other outdoor wood burning devices.  For more information click here or call Cortland SWCD at (607)756-5991. 

2014 Annual Plan of Action


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It is the mission of the Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) to assist citizens and units of the local government in making sound decisions on the management of soils, water, and related natural resources based on their properties.

SWCD will further assist in the implementation of decisions by seeking adn coordinating technical and financial assistance from federal, state, and local governments, and private sources.


Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District
100 Grange Place
Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: 607-756-5991
Fax: 607-756-0029

Amanda Barber, District Manager