Minnesota Winter Scene
Welcome to the Minnesota
Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). SWCS is a
nonprofit scientific and educational organization
in 1943 - that
serves as an advocate for conservation professionals and for science-based
conservation practice, programs, and policy. SWCS has
over 5,000 members around the world. They include
researchers, administrators, planners, policymakers, technical advisors,
teachers, students, farmers, and ranchers. Our members come from nearly
every academic discipline and many different public, private, and nonprofit
chapters throughout the United States and Canada conduct a variety of
activities at local, state, and provincial levels and on university
campuses. These 75 chapters represent the grassroots element of the
organization. Each chapter elects its own officers,
organizes conservation forums, and formulates local recommendations on land
and water conservation issues.
Our mission is to foster the science and art of natural resource conservation. Our work targets conservation of soil, water, and related natural
resources on working land—the land used to produce food, fiber, fuel, and other
services that improve the quality of life people experience in rural and urban
communities. We work to discover, develop, implement, and
constantly improve ways to use land that sustains its productive capacity and
enhances the environment at the same time.
We pursue our mission through a combination of research, education, and
advocacy. Our ongoing activities and special projects are
the practice of conservation by fostering the development of
state-of-the-art conservation practices and systems.
conservation policy by bringing science and professional judgment to bear in
shaping local, state, provincial, and federal policy.
capabilities of conservationists through training and professional
ethic and spirit of professionalism among conservationists through
networking and mutual support.