SWCD takes a week to focus on natural resources

Members of the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District celebrate a proclamation made by the Huntington County Commissioners Monday, April 17, at the Huntington County Courthouse, designating April 30 to May 7 as Soil and Water Stewardship Week. Pictured (from left) are Cheryl Jarrett, SWCD; commissioners Tom Wall and Rob Miller; SWCD Chair Andy Ambriole; SWCD Assistant Chair Kyle Lund; and Commissioner Larry Buzzard.
Members of the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District celebrate a proclamation made by the Huntington County Commissioners Monday, April 17, at the Huntington County Courthouse, designating April 30 to May 7 as Soil and Water Stewardship Week. Pictured (from left) are Cheryl Jarrett, SWCD; commissioners Tom Wall and Rob Miller; SWCD Chair Andy Ambriole; SWCD Assistant Chair Kyle Lund; and Commissioner Larry Buzzard. Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

As a part of the Huntington community for nearly 60 years, the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is reminding the community that everyone has a connection to natural resources.

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is celebrating the 62nd year of Stewardship Week, April 30 to May 7. The 2017 Stewardship Week is themed “Healthy Soils Are Full of Life!” Soil is the starting foundation of all of the food we eat, SWCD members say.

Andy Ambriole, Adam Couch, Kyle Lund, Stuart Stephan and Kandace Villanueva serve as the board of supervisors for the Huntington County SWCD.
The district was formed to assist people in Huntington County in selecting best management practices that will protect the county’s soil, water quality and other important natural resources.

During Stewardship Week, Huntington County SWCD has provided educational materials to local schools highlighting this year’s theme.

Over the past few years the district has secured grant funds to provide cost share to landowners for implementing best management practices that have helped to reduce the amount of excess nutrients entering rivers and streams. These projects have made a positive impact throughout the community by improving the quality of water and soils.

As they work to produce food for the growing population, today’s farmers and ranchers are dedicated to using responsible land-management practices to ensure a sustainable food supply and healthy land and soil for future generations.

Huntington County SWCD is a member of the National Association of Conservation Districts (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 Huntington County SWCD at 356-6816 extension 3. Additional information about the “Healthy Soils Are Full of Life!” program and other resource education is available on the NACD website at www.nacdnet.org/general -resources/stewardship-pro
gram/.