No one can deny the love Minnesotans have for their lakes and the great outdoors.

No one can deny the love Minnesotans have for their lakes and the great outdoors. For over 70 years, Minnesota’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) have been hard at work protecting our resources by working with landowners on programs and practices that support conservation and healthy working lands. The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) honors and celebrates that work as part of Soil and Water Stewardship Week, April 29 – May 6, 2018.

“SWCDs are the boots on the ground in local conservation” said Desirae Sharp, administrative assistant.  “We understand local issues and challenges, and are able to assist landowners with projects that meet their needs and improve Minnesota’s natural resources”.

In Minnesota, there are 89 soil and water conservation districts working in both urban and rural settings.

“Soil and Water Conservation Districts are locally led and knowledgeable about resource issues within their communities,” said LeAnn Buck, Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Executive Director.  “They focus on providing soil and water conservation services to private landowners, which is essential because seventy-eight percent of Minnesota’s lands are private.”

This is the 63rd annual Soil and Water Stewardship week, organized by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) to promote resource conservation across the country. NACD relies on each conservation district to encourage stewardship through educational programs, field days and workshops. Each year, over 3,000 conservation districts participate in the event, making Stewardship Week one of the largest national conservation programs in the world.

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