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Fillmore SWCD promotes Soil and Water Stewardship Week

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) reminds everyone that we all have a connection to natural resources. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is celebrating the 59th year of Stewardship Week April 27 – May 4, 2014. The 2014 Stewardship Week is themed, “DIG DEEPER: Mysteries in the Soil”.

Brian Hazel of Lanesboro is the Chair of the Fillmore SWCD Board of Supervisors. Other members of the elected Board include: Tim Gossman of Chatfield (Vice Chair), Leonard Leutink, Jr. of Spring Valley (Secretary), Pam Mensink of Preston (Treasurer), and Travis Willford of Harmony. The District was formed to assist people in Fillmore County by providing educational, technical and financial assistance to promote stewardship of our natural resources. During Stewardship Week, the Fillmore SWCD will be distributing trees sold to landowners in Fillmore County and beyond. SWCD staff will also participate in the Earth Day celebration in Lanesboro on April 26 and at the Woodland Owners’ Conference in Rochester on April 26.

“Soil is an essential natural resource that all of us depend on each and every day,” says NACD President Earl Garber. “The Dust Bowl of the 1930’s showed our nation the importance of conservation practices. Farmers and ranchers who have experienced recent droughts know that conservation practices are critical in helping their soil endure, even in the most challenging weather events. Your local conservation district is working with local landowners to assist in a variety of projects and outreach to improve soil health both now and in the long-term.

To find out more about the soil types in your community, visit http://websoilsurvey.sc.egov.usda.gov. You can also download an app for your smart devices called “soilweb” developed by the California Soil Resource lab in collaboration with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service.

Fillmore SWCD is a member of NACD which oversees the Stewardship Week program. Stewardship Week is one of the largest national annual programs to promote conservation. NACD represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, which were established to encourage resource conservation across the country.

For more information about Stewardship Week and conservation, contact the Fillmore SWCD at 507-765-3878, ext. 3 or at www.fillmoreswcd.org. Additional information about the “DIG DEEPER Mysteries in the Soil” program and other natural resource education materials, including materials for churches, are available on the NACD website at www.nacdnet.org/education.

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