SWCD to observe Stewardship Week April 29 to May 6

Huntington County Commissioners (seated, from left) Leon Hurlburt, Tom Wall and Kathy Branham sign a proclamation designating April 29-May 6 as Soil and Water Stewardship Week.
Huntington County Commissioners (seated, from left) Leon Hurlburt, Tom Wall and Kathy Branham sign a proclamation designating April 29-May 6 as Soil and Water Stewardship Week. Photo provided.

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will take part in the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) observation of Stewardship Week April 29 through May 6.

The 2012 Stewardship Week theme is "Soil to Spoon," recognizing soil as the foundation of all food.

Kyle Lund, Ned Ruble, Andy Ambriole, Joe Landrum and L. Joe Carroll serve as district supervisors for the Huntington County SWCD.

The district was organized 50 years ago to educate and provide assistance to landowners in the wise use of conservation practices that will protect the soil, water quality and other natural resources.

During Stewardship Week, Huntington County SWCD will have a display in the Duke Energy window and has distributed educational materials to schools and churches in the community.

The Huntington County SWCD has been promoting the use of cover crops to landowners to help to protect the soil from erosion and retain nutrients in the soil. The use of cover crops also helps to increase beneficial microorganisms and earthworms in the soil, reduce soil compaction and improve water quality.

The district also encourages the urban and city landowners to be a part of conserving our natural resources by applying fertilizers at proper rates and using mulch around plants and trees to retain moisture and prevent erosion.

For more information about Stewardship Week and conservation, contact the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District at 356-6816 ext. 3 or visit www.huntingtonswcd.org.

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Huntington County Commissioners (seated, from left) Leon Hurlburt, Tom Wall and Kathy Branham sign a proclamation designating April 29-May 6 as Soil and Water Stewardship Week. With them are (standing, from left) Kyle Lund, SWCD board chairman, and Cheryl Jarrett, office manager.