Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Delaware Conservation Districts promote
upcoming 2014 Soil and Water Stewardship Week
DOVER (March 24, 2014) – The Delaware Association of Conservation Districts joins the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) in celebrating the 59th year of National Soil and Water Stewardship Week April 27-May 4, with this year’s theme, “DIG DEEPER: Mysteries in the Soil.” Stewardship Week is one of the largest annual programs to promote conservation.
“Soil is an essential natural resource that all of us depend on each and every day,” said NACD President Earl Garber. “The Dust Bowl of the 1930s 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.
For more information about Stewardship Week and conservation, please contact your local Conservation District:
· Sussex Conservation District, Deanna Killen at 302-856-3990, ext. 109
· Kent Conservation District, Paula Kohout at 302-741-2600, ext. 115
· New Castle Conservation District, Rick Mickowski 302-832-3100, ext. 113
Additional information about the “DIG DEEPER: Mysteries in the Soil” program and other natural resource education materials are available on the NACD website at www.nacdnet.org/education.
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.
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. Delaware’s Sussex, Kent and New Castle conservation districts are all NACD members. Through the NACD, 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.
Vol. 44, No. 79