Theme: “Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities”
For more than 80 years, Minnesota’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) have been hard at work protecting our resources by working with landowners on voluntary programs and practices that support conservation and healthy working lands.
The Stearns County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) honors and celebrates that work as part of the annual Soil and Water Stewardship Week, April 25-May 2. This year the theme is “Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities.”
Trees are vital. As the biggest plants on the planet, they absorb carbon from the atmosphere, stabilize the soil, filter water, provide healthy habitat for wildlife, and offer many additional benefits – for nature, people, and biodiversity. Not only is it necessary to protect existing trees and plant new ones, but it’s also important to advocate and educate about trees and forest conservation within your community. The Stearns County SWCD is available to assist with the restoration or enhancement of your woodland areas.
“SWCDs are the boots on the ground in local conservation” said Dennis Fuchs, District Administrator. “We understand local issues and challenges and are able to assist landowners with projects that meet their needs and improve Minnesota’s natural resources. Although Stearns County has a long agricultural heritage, wooded areas of the County are critical to maintaining habitat, protecting floodplains, and limiting wind erosion on crop land.”
The annual Soil and Water Stewardship Week is organized by the Stearns County SWCD in partnership with the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) to promote resource conservation across the country.
For more information about Soil and Water Stewardship Week and how you can get involved in local conservation efforts, please contact the Stearns County SWCD at (320) 251-7800 ext. 3 or visit us on the web at www.-StearnsCountySWCD.net.