Local SWCD celebrating 65th year of Stewardship Week April 26-May 3

In partnership with the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District is celebrating the 65th year of Stewardship Week, April 26 to May 3, focusing on the theme “Where Would We BEE Without Pollinators?”

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 with selecting best management practices (BMPs) that protect and enhance habitat for pollinators, improve soil quality and protect rivers and streams.

During Stewardship Week and throughout the year, the Huntington County SWCD will continue to promote awareness of the importance of pollinators for the food supply and environment through news releases and on the district’s website, www. huntingtonswcd.org.

Pollinators form the underpinning of a healthy and sustainable future for food and the environment, but they have shown disturbing signs of decline in recent years. When pollinators shrink in number, many plants either produce less seed or no seed at all. Most plants depend upon pollinators to reproduce. There are more than 100,000 species of insects, including bees, flies, moths, butterflies and beetles, and over 1,000 species of other animals such as birds, reptiles and mammals, including bats, that pollinate plants. A local conservation district, such as Huntington County SWCD, can assist citizens in maintaining or developing habitat for pollinators.

“Pollinators play a critical role in our ecosystems every day,” said NACD President Tim Palmer. “It’s important that we work to learn how we can protect their habitat in our communities.”

Free, downloadable Stewardship Week resources celebrating the theme “Where Would We BEE Without Pollinators?” are available on NACD’s website, www.nacdnet.org/store.

Huntington County SWCD is a member of NACD, which oversees the annual 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 ext. 3 or visit www.huntingtonswcd.org.