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The Conservation Challenge

How good is your knowledge of our natural resources?  

Do you consider yourself an "expert" in your knowledge of our natural resources?   Or are you interested in learning about conserving soil and water, and making our environment better?  Either way, test your knowledge with our interactive quiz. 

The quiz is 16 questions and is all about soils, water, and our environment. 

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The Conservation Challenge

 

 

 

 

1 .  How much of the lower 48 states is held in private, rural ownership?

  1. All of it.
  2. 10%
  3. About 70%.
  4. None of it. The government owns it all.

 

2 .  How much of America's soil is still at risk of erosion?

  1. Erosion? We have that?
  2. 35%
  3. All of it.
  4. None of it, everything's OK.

3 .  Half of the U.S. is cropland.

  1. True.
  2. False.

 

4 .  Five tons of topsoil spread over an acre is as thick as–

  1. Your thumb.
  2. 6 feet
  3. A dime
  4. A pick-up truck.

5 .  How long does it take nature to build an inch of topsoil?

  1. Over night.
  2. One year.
  3. Over the course of 3 summers and 2 winters.
  4. 200 to 1,000 years.

 

6 .  How much of Wisconsin is cropland?

  1. All of it. The whole state grows crops.
  2. Less than 1%, the whole state is houses and malls.
  3. About 40%.

 

7 .  Since 1945, land in cities and urban areas nearly tripled and is now about 3%.

  1. True.
  2. False.

8 .  What percent of Americans are farmers?

  1. Half.
  2. 25%
  3. Less than 2%.

9 .  Today, how many more bushels of corn can be yielded from an acre of cropland than in 1935?

  1. 1 bushel.
  2. 5 bushel.
  3. Nearly 100 more bushels.
  4. 200.

10 .  How much of rain and snow first falls on private lands before it makes its way into our rivers and lakes?

  1. None of it, it soaks right in and doesn't run-off.
  2. About half.
  3. 88%
  4. All of it.

11 .  Soil erosion was cut by one-third over the past 2 decades, due to conservation programs in the Farm Bill.

  1. True
  2. False

12 .  What portion of most soils is organic matter?

  1. None. It's all mineral.
  2. 5%
  3. 50%
  4. 75%
  5. All of it is organic.

13 .  Over half of our topsoil has been lost in just the past 200 years.

  1. True
  2. False

14 .  How much of Wisconsin's prime farmland is developed every year?

  1. The size of my backyard.
  2. 7 acres.
  3. The size of Platteville, Wisconsin.
  4. 38 square miles.

15 .  How many different soil types are there?

  1. One. Dirt is dirt.
  2. 50
  3. 1,000
  4. 10,000
  5. 70,000

16 .  We should care about conserving natural resources.

  1. True.
  2. False.

Check your answers!!