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 easements offered for landowners

WASHINGTON, Spokane CD — The Greater Spokane River Watershed Regional Conservation Partnership is asking for applications for the Healthy Forest Reserve Program. The program facilitates the protection and restoration of forests on private land via easements and financial assistance, according to a news release from the Spokane Conservation District.

Conservation Quotes

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Hugh Hammond Bennett

Out of the long list of nature’s gifts to man, none is perhaps so utterly essential to human life as soil.

Wendell Berry

Good farmers, who take seriously their duties as stewards of Creation and of their land’s inheritors, contribute to the welfare of society in more ways than society usually acknowledges, or even knows. These farmers produce valuable goods, of course; but they also conserve soil, they conserve water, they conserve wildlife, they conserve open space, they conserve scenery.

Theodore Roosevelt

Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.