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SCD promotes soil and water stewardship week

April 25, 2014
Pierce County Tribune

As a part of Pierce County for 68 years, the Pierce County Soil Conservation District (SCD) wants to remind you that each of us has a connection to natural resources. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is celebrating the 59th year of Stewardship week April 27 through May 4, 2014. The 2014 Stewardship Week is themed, "DIG DEEPER: Mysteries in the soil".

Clarissa Berndt acts as the District Clerk for the Pierce County SCD. The District was formed to promote soil, water, and natural resource conservation by offering technical, informational, and educational assistance, services and opportunities to the people of Pierce County.

During Stewardship Week, the Pierce County SCD wants to raise awareness of the importance of the soil and how it affects us all. While the Dust Bowl seems to many to be just a part of history, all it takes is a windy day to remind us that we aren't too far from history repeating itself. April 9, 2014 was a good reminder of this fact, as we saw soil blowing to such an extent that the air was hazy and dark. Grass seeding, cover crops, crop rotation and planting shelter belts of trees to block the wind all go a long way in taking care of the soil and improving soil health.

"Soil is an essential natural resource that all of us depend on each and every day," NACD President Earl Garber said. "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.

To find out more about the soil types in your community, visit 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 Pierce County SCD is a member of 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 the Pierce County SCD at 776-2207 Ext 3, online at and on Facebook. Additional information about the "DIG DEEPER Mysteries in the soil" program and other natural resource education materials is available on the NACD website at

- Pierce County SCD



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