PCCD district urges soil stewardship

   The Pondera County Conservation District (PCCD) encourages you to think about your personal responsibility to be a good steward of all natural resources, including soil, during its annual Stewardship Week celebration.  
   The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has proclaimed April 26 – May 3, as Stewardship Week.
   Stewardship Week is themed “Dig It! The Secrets of Soil.” Correlating education materials were developed based on an exhibition created by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and sponsored by the Soil Science Society of America and the Nutrients for Life Foundation.
   Soil supports forests, wetlands, grasslands, tundra, and aquatic ecosystems.  Soil makes up the outer layer of the earth’s surface, it nourishes the plants we eat, the animals we use for food and fiber and the thriving underground kingdom of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, earthworms and other microbes that are critical to the planet’s food web.  
   Soil directly and indirectly affects agricultural production, water quality and climate. Thanks to the earth’s soils, most of the rainfall hitting the planet is trapped and absorbed, watering plants and replenishing aquifers, rivers, lakes and streams.  
   The PCCD is a member of the National Association of Conservation Districts (www.nacdnet.org) that oversees the Stewardship Week program.  Stewardship Week is one of the largest national annual programs to promote conservation.  
NACD represents the nations 3,000 conservation districts, which were established to encourage resource conservation across the country.  
   “Since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, the protection of soil from erosion and degradation has greatly increased through the work of conservation districts and our partners.  These conservation groups assist landowners and the general public through education and technical assistance as to the importance of the soil and how to properly manage it,” said NACD President Steve Robinson.
   He went on to add, “Soil is one of our precious natural resources that we must conserve for the next generation.  All communities’ benefit when they have a better appreciation of soil and it connections to our every day life. Conservation districts are working with local communities to instill the appreciation for our natural resources across America.”