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Conservation efforts in the spotlight

Editor's note: The following information was provided by the Todd County Soil and Water Conservation District.

No one can deny the love Minnesotans have for their lakes and the great outdoors. For over 70 years, Minnesota's Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) have been hard at work protecting our resources by working with landowners on programs and practices that support conservation and healthy working lands.

The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) honors and celebrates that work as part of Soil and Water Stewardship Week, April 29-May 6.

"SWCDs are the boots on the ground in local conservation" said Tim Stieber, Todd SWCD director. "We understand local issues and challenges, and are able to assist landowners with projects that meet their needs and improve Minnesota's natural resources".

In Minnesota, there are 89 soil and water conservation districts working in both urban and rural settings.

"Soil and Water Conservation Districts are locally led and knowledgeable about resource issues within their communities," said LeAnn Buck, Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts executive director. "They focus on providing soil and water conservation services to private landowners, which is essential because 78 percent of Minnesota's lands are private."

This is the 63rd annual Soil and Water Stewardship week, organized by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) to promote resource conservation across the country. NACD relies on each conservation district to encourage stewardship through educational programs, field days and workshops. Each year, over 3,000 conservation districts participate in the event, making Stewardship Week one of the largest national conservation programs in the world.

This year the theme is "Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home" and will highlight the importance of caring for one of the most critical resources in the world, water.

For more information about Soil and Water Stewardship Week and how you can get involved in local conservation efforts, contact Todd SWCD at 320-732-2644 stop by the office 215 1st Ave. S, STE 104, Long Prairie, MN, visit us on the web at www.co.todd.mn.us/ and follow Todd SWCD on facebook at: Todd County Soil and Water Conservation District.

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