As a part of the Jim Wells County for 76 of years, the Jim Wells County Soil and Water Conservation District #355 wants to remind everyone that each of us has a connection to natural resources. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is celebrating the 64th year of Stewardship week April 28 through May 5.

The 2019 Stewardship Week is themed, “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper”.

Arnoldo Trejo serves as board chairman for JWC SWCD #355. The district was formed to assist people in JWC.

“Soil is an essential natural resource that all of us depend on each and every day,” said past NACD President Earl Garber. “The Dust Bowl of the 1930’s 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 http://websoilsurvey.sc.egov.usda.gov. 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.

JWC SWCD #355 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 JWC SWCD #355 at 361-387-8361 ext. 3. Additional information about the “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper” program and other natural resource education materials is available on the NACD website at http://www.nacdnet.org/general-resources/stewardship-and-education-materials/2019-life-in-the-soil-dig-deeper.