How Much Water Do Coho Salmon Need?

CALIFORNIA, Gold Ridge RCD — “The fact that they summer in these little creeks makes them really vulnerable, since so many creeks now dry up each summer,” said John Green, a lead scientist with the Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, in Sebastopol, Calif. His organization, as well as […]

CreekSpeak examines giant reed

CALIFORNIA, Yolo County RCD — CreekSpeak, Putah Creek Council’s six-month series of community talks about the nature, culture and history, dives into local plant issues on Thursday, July 19, with “Giant Reed: A Growing Problem in Our Creeks…Yolo County Resource Conservation District executive director Heather Nichols and project […]

Districts bring conservation efforts down to earth

IDAHO, Twin Falls SWCD — Third-generation farmer Lance Griff wanted to improve the soil health and conserve water on the 3,700 acres he farms with his father…He believed planting cover crops and using no-till farming practices would help achieve those goals. His interest in them landed him at […]

Special plants for rain gardens

ALASKA, Fairbanks SWCD — An observant reader of my column, who is also a gardener, asked me to provide a list of the plants that the Youth for Habitat team planted in Raven Landing’s new rain garden. Teens enrolled in this annual program, with Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation […]

Conservation Quotes

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Hugh Hammond Bennett, 1947

Take care of the land and the land will take care of you.

Aldo Leopold

What more substantial service to conservation than to practice it on one’s own land?

Howard Warren Buffett

Soil is a living ecosystem, and is a farmer’s most precious asset. A farmer’s productive capacity is directly related to the health of his or her soil.