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GCSWCD Encourages Stewardship

GCSWCD Encourages Stewardship

Story by Goliad County Soil & Water District

The Goliad County Soil & Water Conservation District encourages you to think about your personal responsibility to be a good steward of natural resources during its annual Stewardship Week celebration. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has proclaimed April 25 � May 2, 2010 as Stewardship Week, marking the 55th year of the national event. The 2010 Stewardship Week is themed �Conservation Habits = Healthy Habitats,� encouraging citizens, schools and communities to develop and maintain habitat areas using good conservation practices.

John Dreier acts as the Chairman for the Goliad County Soil & Water Conservation District. The District was created in 1986 to assist people in Goliad County with soil, water, plant and related resource conservation programs. The district has placed special emphasis on excessive brush cover, insufficient desirable forage, low returns from wildlife resources and soil erosion as resource concerns for the area.

�Being good stewards of our natural resources at home and in our communities is an important task for each citizen. When we think about protecting and managing our natural resources, we can provide healthy habitats for the ecosystems on our planet,� says NACD President Steve Robinson. �Each of us can make a difference by developing habitat areas in our own backyards, our schools or in our communities�.

Goliad County Soil & Water Conservation District is a member of the National Association of Conservation Districts 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.

Students of the Goliad Independent School District recently studied conservation related topics. Grades 1-6 participated in a poster contest with the theme �Conservation Habits = Healthy Habitats�. Grades 7-12 participated in an essay contest titled �What Soil and Water Conservation Means to Me�.

For information about Stewardship Week and conservation, contact the Goliad County Soil and Water Conservation District at 142 North Courthouse Square or by email at goliadcountyswcd@tx.nacdnet.org. Additional information about Stewardship Week is available on the NACD website at www.nacdnet.org.

From left to right: Jim Bluntzer, representing Zone 5; Judge Harold Gleinser; John Dreier, representing Zone 4; Georgia Lee Swickheimer, representing Zone 3 and Jim Fuller, representing Zone 2.

The Board Members of Goliad County Soil & Water Conservation District and Goliad County Judge Gleinser proclaiming Habitat Stewardship Week, April 25 to May 2, 2010.

From left to right: Jim Bluntzer, representing Zone 5; Judge Harold Gleinser; John Dreier, representing Zone 4; Georgia Lee Swickheimer, representing Zone 3 and Jim Fuller, representing Zone 2.