Our Mission

To promote the wise use and care of natural resources for the benefit of the citizens of Lexington County

Today's Highlights

This year LSWCD will have two District Commissioner Positions on the November 8, 2022 General Election. Anyone running for a position as a District Commissioner or Watershed Director needs to have all of the following paperwork submitted by 12pm on July 15th, 2022 to the County Board of Voter Registration and Elections.

  • Statement of Candidacy

  • Amended Statement of Economic Interest

  • Petitions/Signature forms 

The election of conservation district commissioners is through the petition process on a non-partisan basis. Conservation  district commissioners are non-salaried officials. Candidates must be registered voters in the county in which they are seeking office. Candidates who complete the required forms by 12pm July 15th, 2022 will be placed on the November 8th 2022 Election ballot.

Bradford Pear Bounty
Tree Exchange Program

Bradford Pears are of native to the US and have been widely planted in South Carolina. While the blossoms are pretty, the trees have a pungent odor and often break during storms. Even worse the, these trees directly contribute to one of the worst invasive plant species in the Southeast - the callery pear.

Property owners are encouraged to exchange up to five Bradford Pear trees for an equal number of FREE healthy, native, young replacement trees, a one-for-one replacement.

A tree exchange will be hosted by the Lexington Soil & Water Conservation District, with cooperation with Clemson Extension Service and Dominion Energy. It will be held in Lexington on Saturday, December 10th, 2022. More information on the event location and registration will be forthcoming.

Participation Criteria

  • Pre-registration is required, once available

  • Only the property owner can register & get the trees

  • Any South Carolina resident can participate and take part in the program

  • Property owners are responsible for tree removal 

  • Take a photo of yourself with the cut tree (a selfie if you will) and bring it to the exchange event.

  • Replacement tress will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. IF your preferred replacement tree is not available at the time of distribution, you will be provided with a healthy alternative. Specific tree species cannot be reserved ahead of the event.


Scott Lynch -

Blaze Presentation

June 21

Board Meeting

Petition Deadline - SWCD Commissioner Position 

For more information please visit our calendar

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May 24, 2022 - Ag in the Classroom

Commissioner Padget read to six classes at Gilbert Elementary ranging for grades K - 5. Keeping kids engaged as the school year ends, but it's obvious her skill as a teacher haven't faded.

May 5, 2022 - Annual Banquet

We had a lovely turn out this year with over 100 guest. Shealy's once again made sure there was plenty of food to go around, with more than enough desserts for a second helping.

April 29, 2022 - Envirothon

Commissioners Barbara Padget and Hugh Caldwell along with District Employee John Oxner offered their assistance in this year's Envirothon.

April 25, 2022 - Save the Bees!

Our very own District Manager helping educate the youth of Heathwood Hall on the importance of bees by re-installing the hive.

March 26, 2022 - Herb Festival

Our Commissioner set up a booth at this  year's 10th Annual Herb Festival. It was a chilly day, but the the lack of clouds kept them in the sun and out of the cold.