Otero Soil & Water Conservation District

3501 Mesa Village Drive, Alamogordo, NM  88310

575-437-3100 ext. 3

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The Otero Soil and Water Conservation District is a governmental subdivision of the state of New Mexico organized under state law (Chapter 73, Article 20). A certificate of organization was issued by the Secretary of State on August 1, 1940.

The Story of the Otero Soil and Water Conservation District—1944 KOB Broadcast Transcript

The Otero Soil and Water Conservation District promotes and facilitates effective stewardship of natural resources by providing leadership, educational, technical and financial assistance to the citizens of Otero County.

Mission Statement

Check out the Interactive Mapping of our

noxious weed program and other projects.


Sign up forms are available on our Programs page.


Otero SWCD will hold their next meeting on April 5th at 9:30 am in the Otero SWCD office.  Conference call is available: 559-671-2595. You do not need a meeting code or password to join.

Producers in the News—On August 21st of 1922, Charles Richard Walker was born to Charles Christopher and Bessie Camilla Walker.  In 1947, Charles married Thelma Ruth Wimsatt, and they had a daughter Kathleen who is married to Foye Wells.  Charles doesn’t remember learning but knowing how to ride a horse, milk a cow and plow the land.  To this day he still rides his horse, plants wheat every July and is still involved in the community.   Charles and Thelma Walker have given a lifetime of service to the local ranching community.  Charles may be the oldest member of the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau, and has served the Sacramento Mountains Grazing Association, Lincoln National Forest Service Grazing Advisory Board, The Lincoln National Forest Allotment Association, Cloudcroft School Board, Sacramento Mountains Historical Society, Otero County Farm & Livestock Bureau, Otero County Cattlemen’s Association, and the Otero County Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service (FSA). 


2022 Outstanding Land Stewardship Award—The Walkers have worked diligently to apply conservation practices into their ranching operation such as brush management, erosion control, and improving livestock and wildlife distribution with fences, pipelines, drinkers.  They are the epitome of hard work, dedication and stewardship.  Over their lifetime Charles and Thelma Walker have worked hard to preserve the ranching heritage and pass the agricultural way of life onto future generations.