Educational mini-grants available!

Available for teachers of ANY subject in either Botetourt or Craig.  Grants are for up to $200 and should be used to support environmental education in (or out) of the classroom.  Grants for the 2017-2018 school year are available now and will be distributed on a first-come, first served basis.  Apply here.

Paddling the James River

Fifty-nine miles of the Upper James is officially designated with “Scenic River” status.  Sponsored by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Scenic Rivers Program identifies, recognizes and provides a level of protection to rivers with significant scenic, historic, recreational, and natural values.  Learn more about the Upper James River Water Trail in Botetourt County.  Before you go, be sure to check river conditions at James River Watch.

Vision Statement

Mountain Castles Soil and Water Conservation District serves as a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia to assist in utilizing state, federal, local and private sector resources and makes decision that enhance and protect natural resources, improve water quality, and will engage in actions that promote soil and water stewardship for all citizens of Botetourt and Craig Counties.

Mission Statement

To provide and to promote leadership in conservation of natural resources through stewardship and education programs.

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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Point of Contact (POC) Freedom of Information (FOIA) Officer is the “person to whom the public can direct requests for public records and who will oversee the public body’s compliance with the provisions of this chapter” as per §2.2-3704.2.c

Point of Contact (POC) Officer:
Staci Merkt
(540) 400-0707

View the full “Rights & Responsibilities” document here: MCSWCD FOIA R&R 2016