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The year 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. The Society began as, and remains today, an interdisciplinary professional association with the important mission of fostering the science and art of natural resource conservation.

Throughout the Society’s 75th year, I look forward to the opportunities that this milestone will provide to raise the visibility of conservation professions, to engage both long-time leaders and new voices in discussion on the future of conservation, and to further the mission of natural resource protection. Our organization’s chapters across the United States and Canada will celebrate locally, while conservation professionals will gather online in July for the SWCS 75th Annual Conference, Expanding Horizons: Where Conservation Meets Innovation.

I invite you to join us as we look back at the soil and water conservation movement’s incredible past, share conservation stories, and generate solutions around current and future challenges. It’s going to be a memorable year!

-Clare Lindahl, SWCS CEO

2020 Giving Campaign

SWCS has been at the forefront of the soil and water conservation movement for the last 75 years. With your support, our community will be able to protect, restore, and conserve the world's natural resources for generations to come. Help us shape the future with a gift today. 

During this anniversary, we want to celebrate all of you who support our mission. Download and fill-out one of the signs below and share on your social media! #SWCS75

Soil and Water Conservation: A Celebration of 75 Years

To mark the 75th year of SWCS, the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation editorial board organized a special publication. Throughout this anniversary collection, researcher and practitioner experts celebrate progress of the past and explore the future of conservation at a critical time when all natural resources are threatened by the imminent impact of a changing climate.

The print book can be ordered through the SWCS online store, and a free PDF e-book will be available in December. 


75th Annual Conference 

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Visit www.swcs.org/20AC for information on this year's conference.




Chapter Celebration Guide Image of 75th Chapter Celebration Guide

Plan an event with your SWCS chapter! We created a quick, fun guide for you with ideas for commemorating the 75th! Find more information about incentivizing  participation from members and partners and reimagining your chapter's role in shaping the future of the conservation profession.



Download and take a photo with SWCS founder Hugh Hammond Bennett! Be sure to tag #ImWithHugh and #SWCS75 when you share your photos on social media.



Photo of historian Joe Otto

Interested in learning more about SWCS's rich past? Contact SWCS Historian Joe Otto, joe.otto@swcs.org.