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 […]

Pierce Conservation District Helps KP Farmers

WASHINGTON, Pierce CD — Farmers on the Key Peninsula now have a person to turn to for assistance when needed. The [Pierce Conservation District] has a long history of collaboration with Key Peninsula landowners. With the help of volunteers from the community, PCD plants trees on the Key Peninsula […]

Sonoma groundwater agency puts brakes on fee study

CALIFORNIA, Sonoma RCD — Since its formation in June 2017, the Sonoma Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) has been grappling with the complicated question of how to fund itself while it develops – and then implements – a sustainability plan for the Sonoma Valley Basin’s groundwater over the […]

Fourth of July boat inspections at Lake Tahoe

CALIFORNIA, Tahoe RCD — The Fourth of July holiday and fireworks celebration brings a welcomed influx of boaters to the Lake Tahoe Basin…“Our boat inspectors have already found four vessels with invasive quagga mussels this season, which is a reminder of just how important the inspection process is […]

Conservation Quotes

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Theodore Roosevelt

To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.

Aldo Leopold, 1949

Land, then, is not merely soil; it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants, and animals.

Hugh Hammond Bennett

Many farmers—most farmers, and that means millions—need some technical help in making the change to this more efficient, easier, and more productive type of farming, and they need also moral support and encouragement.