"Upon this handful of soil our survival depends. Husband it and it will grow our food, our fuel and our shelter and surround us with beauty. Abuse it and soil will collapse and die, taking humanity with it." Ancient Vedas Scripture in Sanskrit, 1500 B.C.
75 years ago, in the early 1940's, the seeds of a new environmental organization were being planted by Hugh Hammond Bennett and other Conservationists. Those seeds grew into the Soil Conservation Society of America (SCSA) around 1945, and the first National meeting was held in Chicago in December 1946.
The Soil and Water Conservation Society is now celebrating its 75th Anniversary. More on this history can be found at https://www.swcs.org/about-us/our-history/.
The Michigan Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) is a Michigan incorporated private non-profit 501(c)(3) professional society organized for educational, scientific and charitable purposes to foster the science and art of soil, water, and related resource management to achieve sustainability. This includes:
The Michigan Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society envisions a Great Lakes Region where the residents recognize the benefits of protecting our soil, water and related natural resources. The citizens and policy makers of our state will understand the value of managing and protecting these resources for future generations, and will support the work of conservation professionals. SWCS will be a respected, well-known and credible source on issues related to implementing effective and critical conservation practices in Michigan.
Fostering the science and art of soil and water conservation in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region.
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"There are national associations for the preservation of wild flowers and the preservation of propagation of wildlife, but not for the preservation of the soil. Conservation of this most fundamental and important of all resources is seldom seriously considered by anyone not directly or indirectly associated with the ownership or management of a farm, and is too infrequently considered even by the farmers themselves." 1928 Hugh Hammond Bennett, co-founder of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (formerly the Soil Conservation Society of America)
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