Northwest Conservation District

Torrington office:
1185 New Litchfield St
Torrington, CT 06790

Phone: 860-626-7222








Northwest Conservation District Board of Directors

NCD Board meetings are held on the third Monday of the month @ 7PM unless otherwise scheduled.  Our Board meetings take place at the Northwest Conservation District Office located @ 1185 New Litchfield Street, Torrington CT 06790

Board of Directors

Board Officers

Curtis S Read, Chairman
Dick Leavenworth, Vice Chairman
Celeste Echlin, Treasurer
Sharon Tingley, Secretary

Back row left to right
Larry Rousseau, Tim Peterson, Bob Rush, CT DEEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty (Special Guest), David Scofield, Curtis Read, Ray Furse, Sharon Tingley, Chris Charles 

Front row left to right
Dick Leavenworth, Celeste Echlin,  Lynn McHale, Tara Jo Holmberg

Not Pictured     Lynn Fulkerson




Northwest Conservation District Staff


Sean Hayden
Executive Director

Michael Morin
Cartographer/Information Manger
Jean Cronauer
Development Director


Karen Nelson
Program Manager


Contact Northwest Conservation District

Northwest Conservation District
1185 New Litchfield Street
Torrington, CT 06790

Phone: 860-626-7222 Fax: 860-626-8833


The Northwest Conservation District is located on Rt 202 (New Litchfield St.) in Torrington close to the Litchfield/Torrington border.

The office is in the brown USDA Service building #1185, rear, lower level.

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Front of NCD Office

 Conservation District History

Conservation Districts began in the 1930s in response to  national concerns over agricultural erosion, floods and the sky-blackening dust storms that swept across the country. Congress enacted the Soil Conservation Act of 1935 which set national policy for the control and prevention of soil erosion and established the Soil Conservation Service to implement this policy.

The Conservation District concept was developed to involve local landowners and residents in carrying out the programs authorized by the act. In 1937, President Roosevelt wrote to the governors of all the states recommending legislation that would allow local landowners to form soil conservation districts.  Congress realized that only active, voluntary support from landowners would guarantee the success of conservation work on private land given that about 75% of the continental United States was privately owned. The Dust Bowl taught everyone a valuable history lesson. In Connecticut, Conservation Districts were established by State Statute (Section 22a-315) to advise the CT Department of Energy and Environmental    Protection on matters of soil and water conservation, erosion and sedimentation control and to assist in implementing programs concerning such matters.Today Northwest Conservation District works with our 34 local communities on conservation challenges such as
  • Drinking Water and Aquifer Protection
  • Wetland Protection and Restoration
  • Aquatic Resource Protection through Low Impact Development Measures
  • Open Space and Farmland Preservation
  • Sustainable Land Care and Land Use

Learn more about the work of the 3000 Conservation Districts nationwide at

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