As a part of Karnes County for over 30 years, the KCSWCD wants to remind the community that each of one has a connection to natural resources. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is celebrating the 59th year of Stewardship week April 27 – May 4. The 2014 Stewardship Week is themed, “DIG DEEPER: Mysteries in the soil”.
Larry Dement acts as the Chairman of the District Board. The District was formed to assist people in Karnes County with conservation practices for their land and watersheds. The KCSWCD recently held a poster and essay contest reflecting this years’ theme. Kids in 1st through 8th grades participated in the contest which was judged by board members and staff. This helped make children aware of issues surrounding conservation and have fun doing so.
“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.
KCSWCD 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 KCSWCD at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information about the “DIG DEEPER Mysteries in the soil” program and other natural resource education materials is available on the NACD website at www.nacdnet.org/education.
The National Association of Conservation Districts is the non-profit organization that represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, their state associations and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For almost 70 years, local conservation districts have worked with cooperating landowners and managers of private working lands to help them plan and apply effective conservation practices. NACD’s website is at www.nacdnet.org.