2017-healthy-soils-are-full-of-life 29547569720 oPoster Contest

The Putnam County Soil Conservation District would like to announce that we have relaunched the poster contest.  With this being a relaunch we are only focusing on one grade for this year.  The grade that will have the opportunity to participate will be 3rd grade students from across Putnam County.  The theme for the 2017 poster contest is "Healthy Soils Are Full of Life".  If your student's school is participating in this program the guidelines have been provided to the teachers.  We are really looking forward to the success of this program and can not wait to see the wonderful posters that the students in the 3rd grade classes of Putnam County will create. 

Tree Sale 2017 Tree and Shrub Sale

The tree and shrub sale is held each spring at our office. This event is a great opportunity to save money on trees and shrubs for landscaping and wildlife habitat. Proceeds from the sale help the District fund conservation education at local schools. A portion of the proceeds also goes to the Environmental Conservation Club at Tennessee Tech.

A large variety of tree and shrub products in various sizes are offered.  Varieties may include Bradford pear, dogwood, ornamental cherry, red bud, ornamental crab apple, ornamental purple leaf plum, weeping willows, ornamental peaches, river birch, oak varieties, and more.  Fruiting trees are also available and may include peach, apple, pear, and fruiting plum.  Shrubs may include Jane magnolia, forsythia, Japanese snowball, crepe myrtle, Persian lilac, and wegelia. 


Ag in the Classroom

The Putnam County Farm Bureau organizes the Ag-in-the-Classroom event each year in the spring.  This annual event brings Putnam County first graders together to experience life on the farm.  It is held each year at Hyder-Burks Pavilion with TTU students assisting in the day’s activities.  Children get to see the tractors, farm animals and participate in farming and conservation activities.  Stations are set up with agency demonstrations for students to view and learn about Dairy, Forestry, Beef, Poultry, Wildlife, Farm Equipment, and Farm Safety.  The Putnam Soil Conservation District and many other businesses have become part of the Farm Bureau team that helps make this event possible.



HYL-RC&D Regional Envirothon

The Envirothon is an annual competition that challenges high school level students to learn about various ecosystems and natural resources such as soil, water, air, plant and animal resources, and increases their awareness of our impact on the environment.

Hull-York Lakeland RC&D sponsors this annual event, which covers their 14-county area.  The Envirothon is an outdoor, hands-on competition which tests team participants’ knowledge in five categories:  1) Wildlife, 2) Forestry, 3) Aquatics, 4) Soils, and 5) an annual rotating topic. 



Project Step

Project STEP (Students Taking Environmental Programs) is a program for all 5th graders in Putnam County.    Each May several agencies come together to visit the schools and teach about our natural resources and the effects of our choices on the earth.  Outdoor classrooms have been developed to assist in the learning of our environment.


Quick Contact

Questions? Comments? Feel free to send us a quick message!

Our Mission

The mission of the Putnam County Soil Conservation District is to protect and conserve the natural resources of the county for landowners, land users, units of government, educators and organizations by finding and taking available technical, financial, and educational resources and making them available to our clients without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religions, age, disability, political beliefs, and marital or familial status.

Our History

The Putnam County Soil Conservation District, organized under the provisions of the Tennessee SCD Enabling Act of 1939, officially became a soil conservation district on February 19, 1941, following a referendum in which 322 landowners voted for and 16 against the organization.



The referendum was held at four polling places, namely Double Springs, Cookeville, Baxter, and Twin Oak communities....

Read More