For over 80 years, Minnesota’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) have been “hard at work protecting our resources by working with landowners on programs and practices that support conservation and healthy working lands,” according to a news release from the Hubbard County SWCD.

The annual Soil and Water Stewardship Week, organized by the Hubbard SWCD in partnership with the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), promotes resource conservation across the county by implementing more forest stewardships, sponsoring annual tree sales, organizing urban gardens and school tree planting programs. This year, it is April 25 through May 2 and the theme is “Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities.”

“Trees are vital. As the biggest plants on the planet, they absorb carbon from the atmosphere, stabilize the soil, filter water, provide healthy habitat for wildlife and offer many additional benefits – for nature, people and biodiversity,” says Hubbard County SWCD. “Not only is it necessary to protect existing trees and plant new ones, but it’s also important to advocate and educate about trees and forest conservation within your community.

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“SWCDs are the boots on the ground in local conservation,” the release continues. “We understand local issues and challenges and are able to assist landowners with projects that meet their needs and improve Minnesota’s natural resources.”

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For more information about how to get involved in local conservation efforts, contact Hubbard County SWCD at 732-0121 ext. 4, stop by the office at 603 Central Avenue N. in Park Rapids, or visit www.hubbard swcd.org.